Nicholas W. McClellan
Nicholas W. McClellan

Peter Pan once said, “Never say good-bye because saying good-bye means going away, and going away means forgetting.”

Unfortunately, the clock inside the mouth of the crocodile has run down and it’s time to say move on, but not before, we thank and remember the amazing performances by local volunteers (young and old).

VWCT’s Summer Youth Theatre production of Disney’s Peter Pan, JR. has completed its production run with great success. Director Amy Boley assembled and coordinated a beautiful and charming show, thanks to a dedicated group of young thespians and parent volunteers.

Van Wert Civic Theatre graciously thanks Amy Boley for her fine direction. Thanks also go out to Ruth Ann Boley, Kristin Lee, and Joe Warnement for their wonderful costume designs, Laura Warnement on lights and to Chad Kraner, Kaylee Gehle, and Missy Gehle for your assistance and technical expertise behind the stage.

Congratulations also go out to the entire cast of Disney’s Peter Pan, JR. Thank you Dylan Neate, Emily Zamarippa, Kate Fox, Sam Price, Michael Joseph, Derek Truesdale, Emily Gehle, Noah Howell, Hatti Bouillon, Gabby Emerick, Nathan Evans, Treya Conn, Katie McVeigh, Hannah Bouillon, Autumn Howell, Eli Rison-Truesdale, Nathaniel Mitchener, Dante Lippi, Melissa Joseph, Annabelle Cooper, Grace Rison, Cambell Looser, Reese Looser, Ellie Warnement, Kyra Lee, Sami Sellers, Rebecca Sellers, Rebecca Rigdon, Libby Price, Kendal Truesdale, Emma Mysko-Truesdale, Jamie Burenga, Kendall Rauch, Sydney Rauch, Mackenzie Goodlin, Alyssa Walter, Rachel Spath, Grace Jewel, and Elle Gable.

It was a superb performance. The dedication, commitment, and hard work these young actors put into their performances is testament to the talent in our very own community.

And to the audience, thank you for supporting the arts and youth here in our town. Speaking from personal experience, the Van Wert Civic Theatre and its Summer Youth Theatre program is a priceless part of our community. It is live theatre performed and operated (100 percent volunteer) by your friends and neighbors. Without you, the audience, we don’t exist. Thank you again for your time and support of Van Wert Civic Theatre.

Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr isn’t the last opportunity for local students to enjoy the benefits and fun of a live performance! On July 27 and 28 at 7 p.m., students will have the opportunity to audition for our second summer youth theatre production entitled Camp Omigosh, written by Wade Bradford.

The story follows your typical kid named Connor. His summer is off to a rough start: the camp bus almost crashes, his cabin mates don’t trust him, and the girls on the other side of the camp constantly outsmart him. But when he and his friends Tasha, Parker, and Kimberly investigate the mystery surrounding the “Ghost of Dead Billy,” they begin a hilarious adventure that is worlds away from a typical campfire story. This haunted camp comedy with a sci-fi twist has it all: ghosts, aliens, robots, plant zombies and, of course, dodge ball.

Auditions are open to any student (k-12), and no preparation is necessary. This production is a non-musical, meaning students will read, not sing, from a script. For those new to the stage, this show offers several non-speaking roles as well as some parts for adult actors. Director Amber Evans is eager and thrilled to begin this wonderful campfire tale. Show dates are Aug. 22, 23, and 24. Rehearsals will generally run Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.