Peter Pan Production Raising Money for Cancer Patients

Apr 18, 2012 4:57 PM

A new north state theater company is making its presence known by setting the bar especially high for its first production. California Regional Theater will open its very first show, Peter Pan, on Friday. The Chico based company, started by Bob Maness, has been preparing for months for the big debut.

"I guess when I look at California Regional Theater I see an opportunity to serve the community, and to serve actors who want to express their skills and their talents so that we can help them grow," says Maness.

The show will feature elaborate sets, lots of singing, and thrilling sword fights. As if pirates and sword fighting weren't enough, a professional team was brought in to train the crew on how to fly the actors. Cast members, like Makayla Thompson, 14, say the feeling of flying across the stage is one you have to experience for yourself.

Another interesting aspect of the show is the fact that it's also a fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cancer Copay Relief, a national organization that provides financial aid to cancer patients.

"Our whole cast is working together to get the money for the cancer patients, and I think it's a great idea that we're doing it for them because they need the money for their medical treatment," says Thompson.

California Regional Theater will be selecting charitable organizations to donate to for future shows, and will also be taking their performances on the road to other cities around the north state. For more information on performance dates and where to buy tickets for Peter Pan, or how you can donate to Cancer Copay Relief, we've posted links under Newslinks.


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