FMS theater class presents ‘Peter Pan Jr.’

Bryce Parker as Peter Pan Jr. in a scene with Wendy, portrayed by Samantha Ackerman, during a rehearsal for Farragut Middle School eighth-grade musical theater class's production of “Peter Pan Jr.” There’s a lot to grasp for Farragut Middle School theater performers, representing Sarah Wade Lasater’s eighth-grade musical theater class, who are working hard toward their presentation of “Peter Pan Jr.” next week.

“While we were deciding and ordering the show we working on musical theater technique and skills and doing acting exercises and improv and choreography,” Lasater, an FMS choir teacher and director of the musical, said. “… There are a lot of characters that are challenging that the kids are trying to figure out, especially the fairies.”

A cast of 50 will present Peter Pan Jr. starting at 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13-14, in the school auditorium. Cost is $5 for everyone, with tickets sold at the door.

Explaining the choice of Peter Pan Jr., Lasater said, “It has such a large variety of roles and a large number of ensembles that we knew that there would be a special place and a character for everybody in our cast.
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Farragut High School APAC brings ‘Dracula’ to life, Nov. 13-16

Senior Austin Teagarden, left, portrays Dracula during a fight scene with Jonathon Harker, portrayed by Kyle Waters during a Farragut High School Admiral's Performing Arts Company rehearsal for its upcoming production of “Dracula.” With performers in charge of all aspects of production for its up-coming play, Farragut High School’s Admiral’s Performing Arts Company is attempting to extend the scary nature of Halloween a couple of weeks.

“Dracula,” a two-act, roughly two-hour play featuring a cast of 23 plus stage personnel, begins at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, in FHS’s Ferguson Theater. Cost is $8.

“Of course, everybody likes “Dracula,” said Lea McMahan, director and theater teacher who adapted the script in 2007 when APAC last performed ‘dracula.’

McMahan said Dracula fits well with this year’s APAC because “a have a lot of young talent right now, and I had a lot of parts in this particular play.”

While hiring a pair of professionals to teach fight scene technique to Austin Teagarden, as Dracula, and five other characters involved in violent scenes, McMahan has turned over much of the entire production process to her performers.
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