An upcoming production at the Hermiston Conference Center will allow patrons to share the dream of the play’s main character: never growing up.

“Peter Pan” is set to dazzle residents with performances at 6 p.m Sunday, Nov. 28, and 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29.

The production is the second play of the year sponsored by the Hermiston Parks and Recreation Department.

Vickie Foster directed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this past May, and she is taking the directing role once again.

If the attitudes of cast members are any indication of the play’s potential, fans of fantasy and story-telling are in for a treat in just a few days.

Ryan Mulvihill, a 15-year-old freshman at Hermiston High School who has become Captain Hook over the last three months of practicing, said the performances allow young people to express themselves.

“In school, they want very uniform behavior,” he said during a dress rehearsal last week. “When you’re acting, you can get out all that emotion.”

When asked if he knew anyone else in the production, he replied with a smile that showed the camaraderie of the community play.

“Everyone in here is my friend,” he said.

Cameo Cornwell, 11, said her reasons for participating involved high hopes for the future.

“It’s my dream to become an actress,” she said.

Jancee Skinner, 10, said her cousin was in the play, so she decided to join the troupe.

“I really like to perform,” she said.

The actors playing the three main roles in “Peter Pan” all agreed that the Parks and Recreation productions are a little more laid back than other plays in Hermiston.

Ashley Walchli, a 15-year-old sophomore at Hermiston High School who will play Tinker Bell, said practices have had their high and low points, but the final product is sure to impress.

“It gives us the chance to perform something that everybody can come out and enjoy,” Walchli said.

Landon Mitchell, a 16-year-old fellow sophomore, landed the role of Peter Pan — an opportunity requiring a change of dialect.

An English accent came naturally, he said, and one of his castmates agreed.

Siena McKinney, a 15-year-old sophomore and veteran of the stage who will play the part of Wendy, said Mitchell has taken on the linguistic style in school every day; his role is a perfect fit.

Hermiston youth wrote the script for their version of “Peter Pan,” which they based on  J. M. Barrie's 1904 play and 1911 novel “Peter and Wendy.”

For more information on the play, contact Hermiston Parks and Recreation at 541-667-5018.

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