Curtain Gives 'Wendy' First Staging

Posted: Friday, September 8, 2017, 7:01am

Curtain Players will open its 2017-18 season – its 55th – on Friday September 8 with Wendy Darling.

The Ira Hauptman script is receiving its first-ever fully staged production at the 5691 Harlem Road playhouse 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays September 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23, and 2 PM Sundays September 17 and 24. Click here to order tickets.

In Hauptman’s darkly comic version of the Peter Pan story, Wendy’s mother sets in motion a journey that threatens to change her family forever. This is not a children’s production, the play is written for appreciation by audiences ages 13 and older.

Hauptman will travel to Westerville/Galena from his New York home for performances September 16 and 17. Curtain Players will honor Hauptman at a 6 PM playhouse reception on Saturday September 16, and he will give a pre-performance talk. He will attend the Sunday September 17 matinee and stay for the Curtain Panels audience talk back.

Heather Schultz directs Wendy Darling.

The actors and their roles: Elizabeth Harelik (as Wendy Darling); Cody Schmid (Peter Pan); Megan Lear (Mrs. Darling); Randy Benge (Captain Hook); Jeff Kemeter (Smee); Mackenzie Joseph (Tinkerbell and Shadow); and Ken Kline and Brian Henry (Crocodile).

The Wendy Darling production team includes Wendy Brinker, stage manager, and Kirsten Peninger, producer, along with: Neil Aring (set designer/soundboard operator); Tasha Naneth (costume designer); Mary Benge (properties master); Holly Wetmore-Kemeter (puppet designer); Denise Dumouchelle (lighting designer/lightboard operator); Cory Baker (special lighting effects operator); John Maassel (sound designer); Bronwynn Hopton (artistic advisor); Jason Speicher (fight coordinator); and Denny Petroff (original music).