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Syracuse Stage Adds 12/29 Matinee Performance of PETER PAN featuring Christine Toy Johnson, Donald Corren, Kraig Swartz, Troy Hussman, Cole Francum, Delphi Borich, Ana Marcu and More

Delphi Borich (Wendy Darling), Séamus Gailor (Michael Darling), Matthew Caraccioli (John Darling), and Troy Hussmann (Peter Pan) in PETER PAN rehearsals. Photo by Brenna Merritt.

Delphi Borich (Wendy Darling), Séamus Gailor (Michael Darling), Matthew Caraccioli (John Darling), and Troy Hussmann (Peter Pan) in PETER PAN rehearsals. Photo by Brenna Merritt.

Delphi Borich (Wendy Darling), Christine Toy Johnson (Mrs. Darling), Séamus Gailor (Michael Darling) and Matthew Caraccioli (John Darling). Photo: Brenna Merritt

Delphi Borich (Wendy Darling), Christine Toy Johnson (Mrs. Darling), Séamus Gailor (Michael Darling) and Matthew Caraccioli (John Darling). Photo: Brenna Merritt

Due to high demand for matinee performances, Syracuse Stage has added a performance of Peter Pan on Tuesday, December 29 at 2:00 p.m. Peter Pan performs through January 3, 2016 in the Archbold Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex, 820 East Genesee Street. Tickets and information are available at http://www.syracusestage.org, by phone at 315-443-3275, and in person at the Syracuse Stage Box Office (Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and two hours before curtain in the evening and on weekends). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at 315-443-9844. Discounts are also available for seniors, students, and U.S military personnel and veterans. Sign interpretation, open captioning, and audio description services are available for select performances.

Directed by Paul Barnes with flying effects by ZFX, Inc., Peter Pan is a co-production between Syracuse Stage and the Syracuse University Department of Drama. Anthony Salatino is the choreographer and Brian Cimmet the music director.

The cast features three Actors’ Equity performers Donald Corren (Captain Hook/Mr. Darling), Christine Toy Johnson (Mrs. Darling/Wendy Grown Up), and Kraig Swartz (Smee). Twenty-five Department of Drama students fill out the cast including Troy Hussmann (Peter Pan), Delphi Borich (Wendy), and Ana Marcu (Tiger Lily). Oswego’s Matthew Caraccioli and Cortland’s Séamus Gailor play John and Michael Darling.

Donald Corren (Captain Hook) and Kraig Swartz (Pirate Smee) in the Syracuse Stage production PETER PAN. Photo by Brenna Merritt.

Donald Corren (Captain Hook) and Kraig Swartz (Pirate Smee) in the Syracuse Stage production PETER PAN. Photo by Brenna Merritt.

The Peter Pan cast also includes Cole Francum (Pirate Bill Jukes), Charity Van Tassel (Jane, Tiger Lily’s Troupe Raven Thistle), Kim Roth (Liza), Ezekiel Edmonds (Pirate Starkey), Giovanni Da Silva (Pirate Cecco), Michael Roach (Pirate Noodler), Jon Paul Roby (Pirate Mullins), Meredith Bechtel (Tiger Lily’s Troupe Lavender Fox), Kelsey Broduer (Tiger Lily’s Troupe Scorpion Sundrop), Tristen Buettel (Tiger Lily’s Troupe Leo Thorn), Maria Bufalini (Tiger Lily’s Troupe Wolf Sage), Christy Soeder (Tiger Lily’s Troupe Stallion Rose), Justice Hayward (Lost Boy Nibs), Brady Richards (Lost Boy Curly), Connor Saccal (Lost Boy Twin #1), Brian Sandstrom (Lost Boy Slightly Soiled), Adam Segrave (Lost Boy Tootles), Richard Westfahl (Lost Boy Twin #2), Melissa Beaird (Nana, Crocodile), Stephen Gordon (Kangaroo), Lisa Graye (Lion), Kyle Patrick Scanlon (Ostrich).

Ana Marcu (Tiger Lily), and her troupe in the Syracuse Stage production PETER PAN. Photo by Brenna Merritt.

Ana Marcu (Tiger Lily), and her troupe in the Syracuse Stage production PETER PAN. Photo by Brenna Merritt.

The Peter Pan Understudies include Michael Roach (Peter Pan), Charity Van Tassel (Wendy Darling), Maria Bufalini (Tiger Lily),Lisa Graye (Jane), Tristan Buettel (Liza), Ryan Stryker Dunn (John Darling), Hunter Metnick (Michael Darling), Christy Soeder (Nana, Crocodile), Kyle Patrick Scanlon (Pirate Swing), Stephen Gordon (Lost Boy Swing).

Backstage with the cast of 'Peter Pan'. Photo courtesy of Troy Hussmann

Backstage with the cast of ‘Peter Pan’. Photo courtesy of Troy Hussmann

The production team includes light design by Lonnie Alcaraz, costume design by Susan Branch Towne, scenic design by Linda Buchanan, and sound design by Jonathan R. Herter. The Stage Manager is Stuart Plymesser.

Syracuse Stage is Central New York’s premier professional theatre. Founded in 1974, Stage has produced more than 300 plays in over 40 seasons including a number of world, American, and East Coast premieres. Each season 70,000 patrons enjoy an adventurous mix of new plays, and bold interpretations of classics and musicals, featuring the finest theatre artists. In addition, Stage maintains a vital educational outreach program that annually serves more than 15,000 students from 14 counties. A solid core of subscribers and supporters helps keep Syracuse Stage a vibrant artistic presence in Central New York. Additional support comes from the government, foundations, corporations and Syracuse University. Syracuse Stage is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Arts and Cultural Leadership Alliance (ACLA), the University Hill Corporation and the East Genesee Regent Association. Syracuse Stage is a member of The League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the largest professional theatre association in the country.

During the runs of Peter Pan and The Santaland Diaries (The Storch Theatre, December 9 – January 3), Syracuse Stage will be collecting non-perishable food items for those in need and coats for students and families at Franklin Elementary School in Syracuse.

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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