Ephrata Middle Schooler makes Fulton debut in ‘Peter Pan’

By on November 20, 2019

Ephrata Middle School student Noah Woods, on the shoulders of Peter Pan actor Joseph Frederick Allen, made his Fulton Theatre debut in “Peter Pan” over the weekend. (Photos by Kinectiv)

According to the program for Fulton’s “Peter Pan,” Noah Woods, a seventh grade student at Ephrata Middle School, was “beyond excited” to be making his Fulton Theatre debut with the role of Michael Darling.

And, he should be excited. He gets to say the very first line in the show. And he gets to fly!

Young Wood’s previous credits included “Oliver!” at Gretna Theatre; and a few EPAC productions: “Ragtime, “ “Mary Poppins Jr.,” and “The Wizard of Oz,” where he played a Munchkin in the Lollipop Guild.

Woods is in great company. “Peter Pan” has more than 15 young people aged 9 to 17 in the cast — most of which are part of the “Lost Children.”

There are so many great things to be said about “Peter Pan” that I hardly know where to start. All I can do is summarize and hope I don’t leave anyone or anything out.

  • Peter —  Joseph Frederick Allen is absolutely incredible in the title role. He’s a ball of energy with a great face and strong voice and stage presence. I couldn’t take my eyes off him.
  • Hook —  Curt Dale Clark effortlessly changes out of his Mr. Darling costume to become Capt. Hook. And, he did such a great job that I didn’t even know both roles were played by one man until I read my program more carefully. Now that’s some good acting.
  • Scenery —  Much praise to Robert Andrew Kovach and his scenery creators. The sets were not only detailed, but beautiful. And they perfectly accommodated the part of the show where actors were suspended from wires in flight.
  • Flight —  Probably my favorite part of the show was the flight scene, where Peter and the three Darling kids are headed off to Neverland, flying through the stars and rooftops of London. The audience burst into spontaneous applause. I was sorry to see it end.
  • Choreography —  It’s hard to pick a favorite number, so I’ll give huge praise to the pirates for comedy, Tiger Lily and friends for stamina, and Peter and the kids for “I Won’t Grow Up,” which was the coolest thing I’ve seen on stage in years.
  • Energy —  This show is full of energy, from the first line to the last. There’s an electricity in the air and every single actor is 100% on, 100% of the time. Must be all the fairy dust.
  • Theme —  “Peter Pan,” the play, has an alternate title of “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.” This Fulton production truly made me suspend my disbelief and rekindled my childish wonder. It’s a great holiday show. Go see it.

Also showing…

It was announced before the musical began that the Fulton’s other holiday offering, “’Twas the Night before Christmas,” has sold out. If you’d hoped to see it, you’re in luck. They’ve added a couple more show dates. But tickets for those are nearly gone, too.

To purchase tickets to either show, visit thefulton.org or call the box office at 717-397-7425.

Features Editor Melissa Hunnefield regularly reviews theater productions. She welcomes comments and questions at mhunnefield.eph@lnpnews.com.

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