Hannah Smith has spent the summer holidays before her final year of school producing and directing the musical ‘Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure’, of which the cast is set to take centre stage on January 19. Miss Smith along with her fellow cast and crew mates, Jack Howell and Zoe Schwertdt, are looking forward to seeing the hard work they’ve invested come to life when the curtain draws. The production marks Miss Smith’s fourth turn in producing and directing a show under Hannah Catherine Productions, having previously staged productions of Cinderella, The Launderette and The Sound of Musicals.
“The reason we chose Peter Pan is because people of all ages love the story,” she said.
“It’s something so many people grew up watching and there’s so many remakes so I thought it would be great to put on the original versions.”
Funds raised through the musical will go to Silent Ripples, a local support group for people bereaved by suicide.
Miss Smith’s passion for helping out was sparked at a young age and she has continued to advocate for issues in the local community.
“My greatest passion is helping to raise money for people in the community,” she said.
“When we put our production of The Launderette on we raised money for Teen Challenge and we put those funds straight into our community.”
Cast member Zoe Schwertdt said being involved in the musical was great for helping young people in the community grow theatrical skills and to get involved in activities which develop their interests. Mr Howell said his involvement in the productions began when his “good friend” Miss Smith asked him to assistant direct The Launderette.
“This is only my second show here and so far it’s been a really good experience because usually with performances I’m on the stage and it’s fun to get some behind the scenes experience,” he said. Hannah Catherine Productions’ Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure will have a limited run of three shows which will kick-off at 7pm at The Station 3-5 Railway Terrace Murray Bridge on January 19. Two further shows will be held on January 20 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets must be bought at the door prior to the play for a $10 donation.