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SCA middle school drama students to present their spring production

More than two dozen students are involved in the production

Sherwood Christian Academy middle school drama students rehearse for their upcoming production of “Peter Pan, Jr.” (Submitted photo)

Sherwood Christian Academy middle school drama students rehearse for their upcoming production of “Peter Pan, Jr.” (Submitted photo)

ALBANY — A modern adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic play, “Peter Pan,” will be presented Thursday and Friday by drama students from Sherwood Christian Academy’s middle school program.

“Peter Pan Jr.” will involve more than two dozen SCA students from the sixth through eighth grades on Thursday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. both dates. The production will be held at SCA’s upper school campus at 1418 Old Pretoria Road. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the upper school campus and at the elementary campus at 2220 Stuart Ave.

It has now been 110 years since Barrie’s play “Peter Pan” was first staged. The premier was held at Duke of York’s Theatre in London. Seven years later, Barrie wrote the novel. The story has been told and re-told since then on stage, in books, and on film, including a 1924 silent movie. The script of the play, which Barrie had continued to revise since its first performance, was published in 1928. In 1929, Barrie gave the copyright of the “Peter Pan” works to Great Ormond Street Hospital, a children’s hospital in London.

While no flying will take place at the SCA production, the play will feature the same characters that have warmed the hearts of children and adults throughout the ages. An updated musical score will feature such “Peter Pan” classics as “Following the Leader,” “The Second Star to the Right,” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.”