Yucaipa Little Theatre debuts Peter Pan
Thursday evening local performers took to the stage at Yucaipa Little Theatre for the opening of Peter Pan. The musical adaption of J.M. Barrie’s novel was written by Clay Presley. His wife, Christine Presley is serving as the show’s director. Ken Corona, president of Yucaipa Little Theatre, wrote the original music.
The musical tells the classic story of Peter Pan, with a few original takes. The two-act performance offers strong vocal performances, well-choreographed musical numbers and a dose of comedy. The cast is comprised mostly of local youths, with the youngest cast member being just four years old. They have dedicated their time to present a high-quality show.
“We’ve been going for seven weeks,” Christine Presley said. “We practiced between two-and-a-half to three hours four nights a week, and then we had some Saturdays that were all day long.”
The venue isn’t a typical theater venue. The auditorium sits on the second floor of an older building. The setting is intimate, with the audience sitting in single-tiered seats. Still, the actors use this to their advantage, engaging the audience by coming into the aisle ways.
Yucaipa Little Theater is a non-profit organization that provides a learning environment for aspiring actors and crewmembers. Because of that, the actors are primarily young people who are developing an interest in theater.
“We’ve been here long enough that we’ve seen some kids go through elementary school and graduate high school,” Presley said. “We’ve got a couple of our [actors] who are in their mid-twenties. They’ve grown up in the program, and now they’re looking at directing.”
Yucaipa Little Theater is an all-volunteer production company.
“No one gets paid,” Presley said. “We all donate our time. We’re there because we love the art.”
However, Yucaipa Little Theater maintains a family oriented atmosphere, Presley said. They don’t turn anyone away, and they try to give young people an opportunity in all aspects of theater.
Peter Pan will run weekends through March 22. Tickets are $12. To reserve your seats, call (909) 790-1884.