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A show of faith, trust, and pixie dust

DULWICH Pudong College recently presented a production of “Peter Pan.” Here we talk with some who worked the show.

Augustus: The production was one of the highlights of my year so far. I had the amazing opportunity to work with around 50 upper school actors with huge devotion and talent. However, the production wasn’t just about the students, we also collaborated with multiple members of staff. Without them, the incredible outcome of our months of work would not have been possible. I think I speak for the rest of the cast when I say that we’re all proud to have been a part of it, from assistant stage managers to Captain Hook.

Margaret: This was the first time we had a Front of House team. I was the manager and prior to this I had not realized how much effort and dedication it requires. My team ensured that everyone in the audience had one of our magnificent programs. Our box office was ready to sell tickets and merchandise. I also had to ensure that the audience were seated and house “clearance” was given to the deputy stage manager so the show could start promptly. Our matinee performance encouraged younger children to come see it. I had the idea of a “photo opp” with the cast after the show, which proved most successful. The production raised over 40, 000 yuan (US$5,987) for our children’s charities.

Emma: I learned that a show cannot run without firm stage management. I was surprised to discover that I enjoyed being behind stage rather than on it. From watching the DSM who calls the entire show, I realized I would be interested in this role in the future.


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