Hey Pan — grow up already!

Anthony Savoie is Captain James Hook in Brentwood’s production of Pan. - Andrew Leong
Anthony Savoie is Captain James Hook in Brentwood’s production of Pan.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Who says settling down – tying the knot and having kids isn’t fun?

Unfortunately, these days it seems adulthood arrives with the stigma once you’ve crossed the line, life will forever be altered.

That’s too bad, says Brentwood College School’s Susan Quinton.

She’s the head of the school’s senior class production of J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan.

“The message focuses on a boy who won’t grow up. And the message, which is more underlined in our production, is that sometimes you do have to grow up,” Quinton says with a chuckle, “and take on some commitment and some responsibility.”

Pan, who’s being played by Grade 11 student Joel Wilson, turns his back on Wendy, Grade 12 student Shelby Michaels, and others around him.

Quinton says this reflects what’s seems to be a current trend in 2011.

“The 20s are the new teenager, adolescence (just-want-to-have-fun-era). I think we see that, the reluctance to go ‘OK, now I’m going to get serious.’

“This Pan we’ve got is ‘Hey I love you baby, I love the mermaids, I love Tiger Lily, I love Wendy, I love you all, but I’m not going to commit.

“It’s not a romantic comedy by any means, it’s Peter Pan, but I’m hoping some of our young men might recognize themselves with this production.”

On a lighter note, there a number of other cool factors with Brentwood’s Pan, which hits T.Gil Bunch centre stage Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday April 20.

“We’re in London to Neverland, lagoons and pirate ships,” Quinton explains. “It’s a big production in that respect.

“There are all the classic characters like the pirates and mermaids but we’ve made some changes to modernize it.”

Barrie’s Lost Boys have shed their hides for ‘80s era, break-dance digs.

“Wendy is a kid in the ‘80s and one of our characters rollerblades in,” Quinton said.

Brentwood hired Jacques Lemay, founder of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and stage fighting extraordinaire, to work with the students.

“He worked on the big fight scene between the Lost Boys and pirates and Pan and Captain Hook with the kids for three months.”

That’s a scene Quinton is calling the play’s “quintessential face-off.”

Hook is Grade 11 student, and oddly enough the roommate of Pan’s Wilson, Anthony Savoie.

“Which is kind of charming, (Savoie’s) also in Grade 11 and he’s Wilson’s roommate. We’ve got Hook and Pan as roommates.”

Brentwood’s props won’t go unnoticed.

Thanks to James O’Leary, players will be bouncing off a 40-foot wooden ship, which basically takes up the entire stage, Quinton said.

“It’s like a big huge play structure. It’s pretty marvelous.”

There’s smoke, rocks, trees and cool lighting to add to the mix too.

Brentwood has invited valley school elementary children to have a taste at two matinee shows, Wednesday and Thursday.


Your ticket

What: Brentwood College School’s Pan

When: April 19/April 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: T.Gil Bunch Centre

Tickets: $12. Call 250-743-8756

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