Hi-Liners’ “Peter Pan” Starts Flying Sept. 6th

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Burien’s own Hi-Liners will be staging (or should we say “flying”) their own production of “Peter Pan” starting Sept. 6th and running through Sept. 21st at The Performing Arts Center, located at 401 South 152nd Street.

First produced on Broadway with Mary Martin and Cyril Richard, and more recently a major hit starring Cathy Rigby, this is one of the world’s most celebrated musicals, and includes all the charm of Barrie’s Peter and Tinker Bell and the children, pirates and Indians of Never Never Land, embellished with show-stopping songs.

And it’s all produced locally!

Props in hand, Lynne Randall, as 'Peter Pan' takes on Lee Morris as 'Captain Hook' during a recent rehearsal.RICH HISTORY, BRIGHT FUTURE

That’s exactly where The Hi-Liners have set their sights – their very bright future.

The Hi-Liners have come a long way since their early beginnings in 1966 in Burien. Mr. William A Moeller, a teacher in the Highline School District, founded a high school summer program he called “The Hi-Liners.” This group quickly evolved into a year ’round district-wide performance ensemble. The Hi-Liners performed extensively in the Western United States in the early 1970’s and received recognition in the prestigious New Yorker Magazine comparing them to other more nationally known groups such as “Up with People”.

In 1991 former members of the group were recruited by Mr. Moeller to do a series of reunion performances to celebrate the grand opening of the then new, state of the art Highline Performing Arts Center. These shows provided the catalyst for annual reunion shows and for the reorganization of The Hi-Liners into a private non-profit company.

In 1994 the new board of directors, many of whom were former Hi-Liners themselves, decided that the Hi-Liners was not about nostalgia but about providing opportunities for young people to experience theater combined with personal growth, just as they did.  The Hi-Liners came full circle, reviving the summer program and dedicating it to providing professional direction in developing a student’s talents in conjunction with the backdrop of quality sets, costumes and a live orchestra, thereby giving both the performers and the audience a genuine musical theater experience.

The audiences have grown each year as The Hi-Liners have matured the quality and complexity of the programs presented. They have taken on big productions such as West Side Story, The Sound of Music and Les Misérables, while developing “DownStage Center,” their high quality youth theatre education program.

Their programs and enrollment have experienced incredible increases in recent years, propelling them to the forefront of youth theatre in South King County.  Now they have set their sights on future development by taking flight with their biggest fall show ever, the high flying Broadway Musical “Peter Pan.”


Under the direction of Kathleen Edwards, The Hi-Liners resident Artistic Director,  fifty young people from Seattle and all over South King County have come together to perform this timeless and enchanting tale of the boy who would not grow up.  From the first moment Peter Pan soars through the nursery window to the final battle with the comically fierce Captain Hook, the audience will delight in this fantasy adventure.

Hans Altwies, Peter Pan Fight Choreographer, shows Lee Morris 'Captain Hook' new fight choreography.“We have pulled out all the stops for this show, “says Edwards.  “We are building sets, the kids are working harder than ever with our choreographer, Kristin Culp and musical director, R.J. Tancioco, and we hired Flying By Foy, the most respected flying company in the world, to “fly” Peter and the Darling children. This is the same company that flew Mary Martin’s “Peter Pan,” in the 1950’s and they “fly” people all over the world in major productions, touring companies and things like the opening ceremonies of the Olympics!

We wanted to celebrate the tradition of The Hi-Liners by taking on a classic like Peter Pan, yet add an element never attempted before in the Highline Performing Arts Center –we wanted to fly!  We want to see these kids soar, both in “Peter Pan” and in life!”

Gerry Gilbert, president of Hi-Liners, agrees.

“We have put together a fantastic show and hope that our many loyal patrons and those new to our productions enjoy this great theater opportunity right here in South King County!”

This Broadway style musical runs consecutive weekends from September 6-21, 2008, at the Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 South 152nd Street, Burien.  For information and online ticket purchases, please visit www.hi-liners.org or phone 206-617-2152.  Tickets are also available at the door with cash or check only.

The Hi-Liners, South King County’s premier youth theatre, is dedicated to the advancement of fine arts opportunities through live, high-quality musical theatre for young people (ages 7 to 22).

Here’s the schedule for the show:

Performances Sept 6 7:30pm
Sept 7 1:30pm
Sept 9 8:00am-3:00pm (Student Shows)
Sept 12 7:30pm
Sept 13 7:30pm
Sept 19 7:30pm
Sept 20 7:30pm
Sept 21 1:30pm

Buy tickets online here.

Hi-Liners website here.

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