Valdosta Daily Times

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March 26, 2009

Behind The Scenes

Family makes production fly

This Sunday, The Valdosta Daily Times presents its annual Yearbook section. This year’s theme is Behind the Scenes. Numerous stories and photographs feature the people who keep our city moving and growing, from the people who grade the roads to the ladies who make school lunches to the folks who hang art shows. Today we present a Behind the Scenes look at the Gingerbread Players and Theatre Guild Valdosta’s “Peter Pan.”

The crocodile head doesn’t fit. It fit backstage. Now, with seconds to my cue to enter stage right in Gingerbread Players and Theatre Guild Valdosta’s “Peter Pan,” my head won’t fit in the crocodile head.

A plastic piece has twisted around inside the crocodile mask. For the crocodile head/mask to fit even when the head piece was correct, I have removed my glasses. I’m wearing a thick green crocodile costume that includes a long green tail and mittens. Nearly blind without my glasses and my hands hampered by the costume, the headpiece won’t fold back into the loop that fits my worried head.

Only seconds left until the crocodile’s tell-tale tick-tock-tick-tock begins ...

How did this happen? How did I get into this situation?

Oh, well, at least I have my boots on.

A Splendid Chaos

One may think chaos reigns behind the scenes of “Peter Pan.”

The cast includes dozens of children. Parents and volunteers work the Fly ropes to make Peter Pan, Wendy, and other characters fly. Actors change costumes. People fix costumes. Makeup’s applied. Stage managers keep characters and crew moving. Colorful pirates, Indians, Lost Boys parade to and from the stage.

A splendid chaos reigns.

To a newcomer, this constant movement appears chaotic. Watch closely, and you realize the theatre runs a highly organized operation.

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