ATP’s popular educational outreach program began its 7th Fall session with auditions for Peter Pan. This year, over 130 students in grades 1-8 from 17 different Valley schools came to auditions on September 3 at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center.
After the enthusiastic (and nervous) students poured into the auditorium, they were taught part of the song “Crow” from the Broadway musical. Students in Grades 1-4 were then brought up in groups of 10 to introduce themselves and sing the song as a group. ATP Artistic Director, Betsi Morrison walked down the line of students, listening to each one. Next, students in grades 5-8 were brought up on stage in groups of 10, but each student had to sing the song individually.
The support in the room from parents, the ATP staff, and fellow students, made even the most nervous auditioners overcome their fears and belt out a tune.
As is the philosophy of the AKTP program, two casts were created and all students were accepted and given part assignments. However, the casting of this program was decidedly more difficult this time around due to the fact that so many students have improved over the years!
Rehearsals began on September 10 and performances will be held on October 25 & 26 at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center.