The Payson High School Longhorn Theatre Company will perform the beloved classic “Peter Pan” in the newly renovated auditorium opening at 7 p.m., Nov. 3.
The adventures of Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, John, and Capt. Hook, Smee, the lost boys, pirates, Indians, and Tinker Bell in Never Land will spring to life across the Longhorn stage. For the first time on our stage, the play has been restored to Barrie’s original intention. This new theatrical version was written by John Caird and Trevor Nunn.
After opening on Nov. 3, the play will run Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m., and close on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. The cast is excited to work with the renowned flying effects specialists, ZFX Flying Company. With their expertise, the audience will be treated to a multitude of flying effects during the production, a press release from the school said.
Obtaining one of the top professional special effects company would not have been possible without the many generous local donors, Rim Country Optimist Club, The Tonto Community Concerts Association, and Against the Wind aircraft maintenance.
Tickets can be purchased for $1 less at Mojoe’s Café and East West Exchange or tickets can be purchased at the auditorium box office before each performance for $6 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.
The production will mark the re-grand opening of the 22-year-old PHS auditorium. The auditorium has new seating thanks in part to the building improvement bond money, new carpet thanks to the freak rain storm that flooded the auditorium and really good insurance, and a fresh coat of paint thanks to the Payson Unified School District.
A ribbon cutting ceremony is open to the public on Nov. 3, which is opening night of “Peter Pan” at 6:30 p.m. Afterward, visitors are encouraged to stay and enjoy the production.
Producing this complex production along with bringing the ZFX Flying Company marks a huge milestone for the Longhorn Theatre Company. Very few theater companies attempt to take on such a feat, or have the resources to attempt this production. Thanks to a dedicated theater company and a support base in Payson, the students are able to continue the tradition of bringing top fine arts productions to Payson and surrounding