Peter Pan-The Musical Flies into the Genesee Center for the Arts

The Forum Players at Genesee Community College, the college’s student-based acting group, will be ending their 2007-2008 season with the family-friendly musical Peter Pan. Premiering Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 7:30 PM, subsequent performances include Friday, April 11, 2008 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 2:00 PM.

Delighting audiences of all ages and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc, Peter Pan flies into the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College. Based on the play by James M. Barrie, with music by Mark Charlap and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, the original Jerome Robbins production has evolved into one of America’s most popular musicals. With additional music by Jule Styne, additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and additional incidental music by Trude Rittman and Elmer Bernstein, Peter Pan follows the adventures of Wendy, John, and Michael as they travel to Neverland with the mischievous little boy who wouldn’t grow up, where they join forces with the Lost Boys to battle the evil Captain Hook.

Cast members include Genesee students, faculty, and members of the local community, featuring Margaret Gayford (Warsaw, NY) as Wendy, Robert E. Reiss (Elba, NY) as Captain Hook, and Samara Brown (Bronx, NY) in the title role of Peter. The roles of John and Michael are being played by Ian Gayford (Warsaw, NY) and Claire Gardner (Varysburg, NY), respectively.

Additional cast members (in alphabetical order) include Trey Abdella (Batavia, NY), Lee Albert (Batavia, NY), Kaylee Boneberg (LeRoy, NY), Johnny Dow (Rochester, NY), Eryn Dunn (Batavia, NY), Jennifer Dunn (Batavia, NY), Lauren Dunn (Batavia, NY), Nicholas Dunn (Batavia, NY), Jeanette Elia (Batavia, NY), Madeline Fournier (Albion, NY), Jessica Francis (Perry, NY), Jaime Arena (New York, NY), Connor Gardner (Varysburg, NY), Bailey Gavenda (Batavia, NY), Norm Gayford (Warsaw, NY), Holali Hantz (Brooklyn, NY), Spencer Hubbard (Batavia, NY), Lucine Kauffman (Elba, NY), Gabby Konieczny (Batavia, NY), Mina Konulsever (Albion, NY) and Brittaney Lang (LeRoy, NY).

Rounding out the cast are Joshua D. V. Lang (LeRoy, NY), Sarah Lawson (East Bethany, NY), Ashley Maxi (Brooklyn, NY), Jeanne Morey (Wyoming, NY), Natasha Napper (Bronx, NY), Raymar Nichols (Rochester, NY), Natalie Odachowski (Batavia, NY), Erin Phillips (Batavia, NY), Jessica Pierce (Batavia, NY), Tara Pocock (Batavia, NY), Danielle Quinn (Batavia, NY), Justin Ryan (Penfield, NY), Mark J. Sidor (Auburn, NY), Henry Sistrunk (Syracuse, NY), Meghan Slocum (LeRoy, NY), Adrian Tardy (Bergen, NY), Ashley Webb (LeRoy, NY), Valerie Webb (LeRoy, NY) and Alix Young (Batavia, NY).

Peter Pan is being directed by Maryanne Arena, Director of the Fine and Performing Arts department at Genesee Community College, with choreography by both Patricia Simmons and Maryanne Arena, and Musical Direction by Theresa Kehl. Technical Direction is by Vincent Elliott, with Set Design by Joshua D. V. Lang and Sound Design by Holali Hantz.

Aereographic® Services is provided by Flying By Foy (see sidebar story below). A division of Foy Inventerprises, Inc., Flying By Foy has been creating the magic of flight to stages around the world for over 50 years. Offering a variety of flying and swimming effects, Flying By Foy’s technical innovations became the standard of the industry when they were asked to work on the Broadway musical Peter Pan in 1954. In addition to Peter Pan, Flying By Foy has handled the flying sequences for other Broadway productions, Las Vegas revues, rock concerts, operas, television shows, and commercials.

General admission ticket prices are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for senior citizens, students and GCC faculty, and $2.00 for GCC students. For ticket reservations or more information, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at (585) 343-0055 x6814, or by email to The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office accepts cash and checks only, credit cards are not accepted. For door-to-door directions, sent via email, visit

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Genesee’s Peter Pan Takes Flight With World-Renowned Flying By Foy

Batavia, New York — Flying By Foy, a leading company in special effects flying for the theatrical industry, will be at Genesee Community College March 31 through April 2, 2008 to instruct the theatre staff in flying techniques for the upcoming performance of Peter Pan. A media hour is scheduled for Monday, March 31, 2008 at 6:30 pm, which will provide an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the innovative flying techniques developed by this Las Vegas-based company.
Over the past half-century, Flying By Foy has revolutionized methods and techniques used in stage flying. In 1954, founder Peter Foy created a new system known as the Inter-Related Pendulum for the musical version of Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin, which made spectacular highly controlled free flight possible. Since then, Flying By Foy has helped countless productions take flight, from small community theatre productions to celebrities such as Julie Andrews, Conan O’Brien, Sean Connery, Eminem, Barbara Streisand, and Jason Alexander.
Genesee’s production of Peter Pan will take place April 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm; April 12 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm; and April 13 at 2 pm. Tickets are $6 general admission, $2 Genesee students, and $3 senior citizens and Genesee faculty.
For more information visit or contact Christopher Montpetit, Genesee Center for the Arts, at 585-343-0055 x6814 or by email at