Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

July 24, 2013

`Peter Pan’ ready for takeoff with Summer Theatre Ensemble

Aerial work will be show-stopper

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“(Rigby) flew over the audience at the curtain call and the audience was mesmerized. I remember that,” said Choquette, who is directing Summer Theatre Ensemble for the third year.

While the aerial scenes in Andover’s production are sure to be memorable, the production elements don’t stop there. Summer Theatre Ensemble’s cast of 32 performers is promising plenty of highlights as the troupe re-creates the well-known story about a boy who wishes to never grow up.

Now in its 15th year, the four-week summer, musical theater arts intensive offered by the Andover Department of Community Services is open to students entering sixth through 12th grades in the fall. Past shows have included “Legally Blonde,” “The Wiz,” “West Side Story,” “Grease” and “Hairspray.”

This is the first time the theater program has repeated a show. Choquette, who loves doing summer theater, said “Peter Pan” was a natural repeat. She said it fits her criteria for a successful summertime production.

“A summer show should be entertaining for everyone and fun,” she said. “People are looking to escape and to be entertained.”

IF YOU GO

What: “Peter Pan The Musical” presented by Andover’s Summer Theatre Ensemble

When: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 4, 4 p.m.

Where: Collins Center, Andover High School, Shawsheen Road

How: Tickets $20 adults, $12 students/seniors; available in Andover at Orange Leaf and Learning Express, Mad Maggie’s in North Andover, and the Andover Department of Community Services office. Visit www.andoverdcs.com.

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