“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it,” said Peter Pan.
Since Peter — the mischievous boy who refused to grow up — continues to believe he can soar with birds, it’s no stretch to believe he will soon be gliding into Pine and Strawberry.
He’ll arrive in the form of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. — a musical to be performed by a cast of about 30 P/S elementary and middle school students.
For some, the task of staging a Broadway-type play with a young and inexperienced cast might seem to be staggering. But Patti Lawrence and Ashley Kindrick have no such qualms — they’ve volunteered to sponsor the play.
Lawrence is the stage director and Kindrick the musical director.
As of this week, an exact performance date has not been set, but Lawrence promises it will be staged during the first weekend in May.
The play is part of the Broadway Junior Collection that provides teachers the opportunity to put on some of the best Broadway musicals ever performed. As part of the collection, Peter Pan Jr. has been tailored to meet the needs of young performers and the resources available to teachers and schools.
By casting doubles in several roles and utilizing simple costumes and staging, the play can be staged without all of the logistics that go into a standard Broadway performance.
Also, Peter Pan Jr.’s flashy music and witty lyrics are sure to keep the audience entertained as well as be a great introduction to theater for the young actors and actresses.
The play’s story line follows the original version of the 1953 Disney film that later was adapted into a play by J.M. Barrie.
In the Jr. version, Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father decides she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan visits the children and whisks them away to Neverland where they meet the lost boys, mermaids, Indians and Captain Hook.
Before the play can be performed successfully at P/S school, Lawrence and Kindrick are in need of volunteer help.
“Parents and community members to help with sets, costumes, hair, makeup, sound and lights,” Lawrence says.
To volunteer, call Lawrence or Kindrick at (928) 476-3283.
Science champs on deck
Pine Strawberry School’s most notable scholars are gearing up for the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) to be held March 31 to April 2 at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Abby Ast, Krislyn Alford, Meredith Kiekintveld, Joshua Paine and Bobbie Rose Price qualified for the state showdown by winning both the Pine Strawberry School and Gila County science fairs.
Ast advances to state in the medical/health elementary division while Alford was the Gila County animal science junior division winner. Kiekintveld won the county medical/health junior division title and Paine took first in elementary division chemistry. Price advances as the No. 1 county science in junior division plant science.
In the P/S school science fair, Paine and Alford were grand prize winners as well as gold medalists.
At the state fair, the local scholars — along with other county champions from around Arizona — will present their research and be recognized for their efforts.
The fair tees off 8 a.m. March 31 with a student and teacher sign in and project set up.
All-important judging takes place April 1, probably the most lighthearted day of the year. The date, however, means the young scientists probably have their fingers crossed hoping the judges are not in an April Fools’ frame of mind.
The elementary projects will be judged from 10 a.m. to noon and the junior divisions from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
April 2 has been set aside for an awards ceremony and an opportunity for the public to view the projects.
The project hall will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The awards ceremony is set from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Also that day, a hands-on, minds-on vendor displays will be open with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities for students K-12, parents and teachers.
The Arizona Technology Council Foundation has hosted the fair for the past four years overseeing a period that is being hailed for significant growth in both participation and project quality.
If a turkey calls
Does a turkey gobble actually sound more like a gaggle of teenage girls giggling?
Boys and girls age 10 through 17 will have a golden opportunity to learn the answer to that query and develop an appreciation of the outdoors at the Fifth Annual Marvin Robbins Memorial Juniors Spring Turkey Hunting Camp to be held April 18 to 20 at the V Bar V Ranch near Happy Jack, northwest of Pine-Strawberry.
With the camp’s focus on turkey hunting, it is open to all youths regardless of skill and experience.
“If you don’t know how to hunt or call these birds don’t worry,” sponsors say. “Experienced hunters will be available to mentor first-time hunters.”
Campers will also have the opportunity to meet and talk with Arizona Game and Fish wildlife managers and experienced turkey hunters about where and how to hunt turkey in Units 6A, 5A and 5B.
Unit 6A is a draw permit unit but junior tags for 5A and 5B are being sold over the counter.
The camp sessions will be highlighted by Calling 101 seminars Thursday evening and 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Also, sponsors will be giving away turkey calls and other prizes to the young campers.
On Friday and Saturday, free lunches and dinners will be served as well as lunch on Sunday.
Snacks and drinks will be available.
Family members accompanying their children to camp will also have a myriad of daily activities.
All campers should bring their own camp gear, shotgun, ammo and camouflage. Hunters must also be properly licensed.
The camp is being sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation, Mingus Mountain Longbeards, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Bass Pro Shops, Arizona Bowhunters Association and Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation.
Funding for the camp is through an AZGFD Local Sportsman Group grant program.
For more information, call Tim Denny at (928) 301-0853 or email: email@example.com.
The next Pine-Strawberry Fiddlers Jam, to be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 19 at the Cultural Center, has attracted a special guest artist, Polly McManus, who is sure to provide a musical treat for all those who attend.
She will join at the jam local musicians Chuck and Barbara Casey who have built a reputation as two of the finest artists in Arizona.
As a husband and wife performing team, the pair is known as Trouble in Paradise.
Both play guitar, violin, mandolin, cello and sing vocals.
At most monthly jams, other artists show up regularly to join in on the boot scootin’ fun.
The jams are free of charge.
For archers, it’s on to state
Although Pine Strawberry School students are on spring break until March 21, members of the archery team will travel tomorrow to Ben Avery shooting range near Phoenix to compete in the state championships.
The team enters the state finals fresh off a stellar showing at an Arizona Game and Fish-sponsored competition held in Sierra Vista.
There, Raci Miranda shot her way to a gold medal, Emma Paine was second and Angelina Blanch took third. All three participated in the elementary female division.
In the elementary male division, Caleb Barlow took third while competing against archers from around the state. Michael Aguon claimed sixth among the middle school male shooters and Jordan Wain was ninth in the middle school female classification.
On the softball scene, the Lady Buffalos opened the season March 3 with a win over Oak Creek, but two days later lost to Camp Verde. On March 6, the diamond ladies rebounded to whip Mayer.