FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Over 300 hundred proud parents, family members and friends gathered Saturday night at Sampson G. Smith Intermediate School to see the Sampson G. Smith (SGS) Players present Peter Pan Jr.
The production was a community affair, with students, parents, school administration, and local businesses all contributing to the success of the event. Terri Seggio directed, Noel Piercy was the music director, Cherilyn Strand choreographed, and Christina Roche and Robin DiMeglio produced.
The SGS Players featured two different casts, the blue and yellow cast, this ensured as many students as possible would have the opportunity to participate in the production.
In a letter to all attendees, Seggio said, "What you see tonight is not just a show, but a group effort of passionate and caring people, new and old. Every year, a true "village" exists in this special auditorium...they start here, go out into the world and keep coming back. It still amazes me each year."
The show opened with an overture by the Dance Troupe followed by a prologue from Tinker Bell and the Fairies. There were 10 scenes in total, with multiple quick set changes. The entire cast joined in on the finale, and parents and loved ones were allowed to take to the stage at the conclusion of the show to take pictures.
This year attendees were treated to Fairies, Darlings, Lost Boys, Pirates, Indians, Mermaids and Paul a robotic crocodile. Paul was created in collaboration with the Franklin High School (FHS) Robotics club and SGS Players Set Designer Bill Connell.
Head of Performing Arts Roberta Mitchell, and Robotics Advisors Elizabeth Eibling and David Bitko assisted Connell in the process. President of the FHS Robotics Club Chris Leong acted as the student contact and coordinated with the team who worked for two months after school to complete the project on time for the show.
Friday night the show opened and it will continue to run on the following dates and times:
Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. (yellow cast) Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. (blue cast) Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. (yellow cast) and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. (blue cast)
Sunday's show is already sold out tickets are $8 each and may still be available for next week's shows at Peter Pan Jr. Tickets.
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