This year, Fairfield High School’s spring play will be something completely different.
Students will be flying high — sort of — in the school’s production of “Peter Pan.”
Director Jen Chupp wanted something to appeal to elementary students and their families, unlike last year’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Settling on the show was easy compared to the daunting task of making Peter Pan and Wendy “fly.”
“A lot of kids were very excited and curious how we were going to fly Peter Pan,” Chupp said. “Our first thought was cable and trapeze, but that was something that was just out of our budget.”
Instead, she enlisted the help of her son, who is a videographer, to do movie shoots in front of green screens. Right before the characters need to fly in the show, the music will change, a glitter machine will shoot “fairy dust” and the movie will begin playing on a screen onstage.
The students shot two other scenes that will play as movies, once with Captain Hook and another when Wendy was little, so the flying scenes don’t stand out, Chupp said.
The students were skeptical at first, but after the first few shoots with the green screen, they were as excited to see the final product as Chupp. That group included senior Preston Reddell, who is playing Peter Pan.
“Naturally I was disappointed because I wanted to be able to fly,” Reddell said of Chupp’s movie idea. “I was really curious how we would do it. I think it’s going to be really cool. It’s something different and that’s really good.”
Reddell has been involved with every production since his freshman year, and had some tough competition to land the lead role.
“I can be myself with this role,” he said. “I don’t have to act that much. It’s a lot of fun to be someone who wants to be a kid and fight pirates.”
The biggest challenge for him is keeping his voice high enough, like that of a 13-year-old boy.
“When I’m on stage you can’t tell, but I think when I talk to people later they’ll be surprised,” he said.
If you want to go
“Peter Pan and Wendy” will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are general admission and cost $6 for adults and $3 for students. Children age 5 and younger get in free. For more information, contact Fairfield Junior-Senior High School.