Saturday, November 1, 2014

Alluvion takes flight

Peter Pan took Liberty University’s theater program to new heights, April 13, as the curtain opened on Alluvion Stage Company’s premiere production.

Flying — The musical climaxes as Peter Pan (Caleb Hughes) and Captain Hook (Professor Chris Nelson) battle on a pirate ship. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

The show, the first to feature alumni and students together on one stage, sold out in its first weekend, offering promise to future Alluvion productions.

“It was a solid opening show,” Alluvion Stage Company’s Artistic Director and Peter Pan director Linda Cooper said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be sold out, but it was.”

Alluvion Stage Company, which stemmed from and is in conjunction with Liberty University, is a professional branch that will offer upperclassmen a chance to act alongside alumni and other non-students and gain one professional credit.

“It’s a great resume-booster,” Liberty graduating senior Jamie Cloutier, who plays the role of Wendy in Peter Pan, said. “It’s a great experience, and we have professional responsibilities that we didn’t have before.”

According to Liberty alumni and professor Chris Nelson, Peter Pan has set the tone for what audience members can expect from Alluvion shows.

“Alluvion is all about family entertainment, and I feel this is one of the most family-friendly stories you can tell,” Nelson said. “It is very much a kid-oriented show and a family-friendly show. It’s perfect because that’s what Alluvion is going to be about for future shows.”

Alluvion’s stated mission is to “enrich, educate and entertain our community by providing a superior theater experience in a wholesome family environment.”

Upcoming Alluvion productions will be announced May 9. The company is anticipating the production of two professional shows, but according to Cooper, the decision will depend on the success of this year’s Peter Pan.

For more information on Alluvion Stage Company, visit alluvionstage.com.

Peter Pan will be performing in Liberty’s Tower Theater April 19 through 21, 26 through 28 at 7:30 p.m., April 21 and 28 at 2 p.m., April 22 and 29 at 2:30 p.m. and April 24 for school groups at 10 a.m. Tickets are available on Alluvion Stage Company’s website.

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