Grand Ledge High School’s performance of Peter Pan opens Thursday night

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With more than 100 students involved, the show promises to be great, director Tracy Clark said.

“Those kids are super talented and the community provides great support,” Clark said.

The cast began practice in August and has been working four or five days a week, Clark said.

“It was really extremely nervous at first, and then they went away, but I’m sure they’ll be back for opening night,” junior Cam Palmer said.

Palmer is one of two actors playing Captain Hook. Multiple lead roles are double cast, and one advantage of that is the off-night actors can take notes to help their counterparts, Clark said.

“The thing I love about double casting is they have their own spin on it,” the director said.

As the crocodile, Taegan Buyers navigates the stage laying on a longboard skateboard, which is harder than it sounds, she said.

“My favorite thing is being with everyone and getting to learn everything,” Buyers said.

Theatre is a great place to make friends and find people who accept you, actor Ben Franco said. Franco plays Captain Hook.

“You get a sense of family that is hard to find elsewhere,” Franco said. “It’s magic, it really is. There’s just so many emotions being put into it.”

There are six performances of Peter Pan. To view showtimes and buy tickets, visit

Tickets are selling fast and every show typically sells out, every year, Clark said.

“It’s magical and there is special treat at the end,” Clark said.

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