Cherry Hill HS East Takes High-Flying, Swashbuckling Peter Pan To Stage

By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Tonight’s premier of the Peter Pan musical at Cherry Hill High School East brings new meaning to the term “in the wings.”

You can do Peter Pan without on-stage flying or fighting with metal swords, says producer/director Tom Weaver, but not with these performers.

“Pushing the envelope a little bit is not something that is unusual at this high school.  We really do work the kids, not only very hard during the course of the week, but I think down deep inside they love the show-biz, part of it, the P.T. Barnum spectacular part of it.”

A lot of that falls to junior Sarah Sosland, a co-Peter Pan, who spends the whole show in a harness, ready to be hoisted into the air.

“At first it was pretty painful.  You’re kind of being yanked up by your entire body, but after a while it becomes easier and the bruises go away and it just becomes fun.”

Co-Hook, junior Dylan Rebok, says he knew a little about stage sword-fighting, “But not as much as we’re doing now with all the lunges and its — I mean it’s crazy doing it in a show.  It’s a lot different than learning basic skills.”

Peter Pan runs for six shows. Click here for more information.

Top Content On CBSPhilly

More from John Ostapkovich

More From CBS Philly

Latest Forecast
Weather App

Watch & Listen LIVE