Experience a magical and spirited Christmas adventure with Peter Pan, The Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and the Darlings in “A Neverland Christmas Carol,” by Sheri Flannery Verrilli, presented by Beavercreek Community Theatre, December 6-December 15. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 429-4737 or online at www.bctheatre.org.
With a little bit of song, dance and comedy, this exciting, merry tale follows your favorite characters and their quest to save Christmas in Neverland.
“The kids are really excited and happy to be here,” said Director Kaleigh-Brooke Dillingham. “The kids love Christmas and they believe in the magic and they bring a spark to it.”
The cast of 28 ranges in age from eight to 18 and come from all over the area.
“The script calls for 21, and we expanded it to incorporate more kids. We created new characters. We made it as big as we could so everyone on stage has lines and is involved in the singing and dancing. We wanted everyone to have the chance to develop a character,” Dillingham said.
The cast includes:
- Mrs. Darling – Grace Culpepper
- Wendy Darling – Soraya Huddleston
- John Darling – Simon Atkinson
- Michael Darling – Cambree Bernkopf
- Liza/Lost Boy– Lily Cutler
- Nana/Lost Boy – Olivia Baker
- Peter Pan – Ethan Davis
- Tinkerbell – Alexa Stevens
- Tootles – Megan Braun
- Slightly – Caroline Delaney
- Nibs – Cora Hardern
- Curly – Emma O’ Keefe
- Tiger Lily – Lexi Sullivan
- Snapdragon – Ruchi Wilson
- Little Feather- Dylan Serrano
- Scruff – Clare Dahlstrom
- Jolls – Dakota Bryant
- P.J. – Philip Dahlstrom
- Captain Hook – Chelsey Hall
- Smee – Emily Ray
- Starkey – Branson Yeakley
- Noodler – Gabriella Stauffer
- Jack- Sierra Smith
- Billy Jukes – Nate Merritt
- Jake – Emily Merritt
- Alf – Sachi Wilson
- Sans- Grace Delaney
- Cookson “Cooksie” – Grace Blair
The crew includes Danielle Kubasky, stage manager; McKenna Myers, assistant stage manager; Aaron Brewer, assistant stage manager; Chris Harmon, set design; John Falkenbach, lighting; Jim Watson, sound; Anne Heitker, costumes.
For Dillingham, directing the children’s production is a way to share her love of theatre and a chance to ignite her own Christmas spirit.
“For the past six-seven years, Christmas has been hard for my family—my grandma passed away and it’s been different. So, part of the reason I did this was to rekindle the Christmas spirit for myself,” Dillingham said. “This is my dedication to my grandma.”