Children's Musical Theatre of Oregon presents 'Peter Pan'

The Children's Musical Theatre of Oregon will present the magical story of Peter Pan over three weekends in August.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays Aug. 16 &

Sept. 1, with additional matinee performances at — p.m. Saturdays at the Crater Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point.

CMTO's founders are John and Rhonda Taylor. As executive and musical director, John Taylor's brings years of experience as a professional pianist, keyboardist and composer.

Executive producer Rhonda Taylor is a teacher at Griffin Creek Elementary and brings her experience in creative education.

CMTO's previous productions include "Grease," "Wizard of Oz" and "High School Musical." After putting on productions at the Armory in Ashland and the SOU Theater, CMTO and Crater Performing Arts Center formed a collaborative relationship this spring, sharing sets and aiding in production.

CMTO welcomes choreographers David and Elyse Roxander who bring their background in many areas of musical theatre, dance, and ballet.

CMTO's philosophy is that everyone who tries out gets a part. This includes double casting some lead roles so morechildren can have the opportunity to perform.

This production of "Peter Pan" includes two casts; a Neverland Cast with Kelsey Cronin as Peter Pan and Christina Wright as Tiger Lily, and a London Cast with Maddy Grimes as Peter Pan and Amanda Brown as Tiger Lily. Wendy is played by Ana Marcu, John by Josh Griffin, and Michael is played by Ashton Roxander.

Elizabeth Adams plays Smee and Ron Wright plays Captain Hook. There will also be plenty of pirates, Indians, mermaids and Lost Boys.

Many of the cast are — returning for their second and third time performing with CMTO. Cast members come from all areas of the Rogue Valley for six weeks of intensive rehearsal, three days a week, before moving into the Crater Performing Arts Center for the last two weeks before opening night. Once they are at CPAC, rehearsals kick into high gear every day including highly technical flying practice for many of the characters.Kerri L. Robbins from Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland has joined the team as costume designer; Michael Halderman, also from Oregon Cabaret Theatre, is working as set designer, and OSF's Robert Peterson, assisted by Hannah Wilson, is providing lighting design.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children under 18. Tickets are available online at or at Paddington Station, Ashland and Piano Studios, Medford.

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