Junior Dungeoneers prep for "Pan!"

Posted by Victoria Rutledge on 9/24/2021 12:20:00 PM

Second star to the right and straight on till morning! The Junior Dungeoneers are ready to fly off on to their latest journey, “Pan!,” by Craig Sodaro. 

Our performers have worked so hard these last few weeks of school. They have overcome many obstacles, including navigating the ever-changing pandemic, a citywide power outage, and having their show dates rescheduled from October to December. I wish I could put into words how proud I am of this company.

Our show includes a diverse group of students ranging from grades 6th through 8th with a special appearance from one of our littlest Dungeoneers in 2nd grade! “Pan!” will be the first show some of our students have ever performed in, though you wouldn't be able to tell that from the audience. Bay City ISD is full of bright stars ready to be seen, such as Peter, who is played by Ty S. Ty joined my class for the first time this year and blew me away with his audition for “Pan!” After the cast list was publicized I was made aware that he had also played the lead role of Simba in the C.A.S.T & Dungeoneer’s Summer performance of “Lion King Jr.” in 2019, directed by Magda Mirelez and Music Director Kara Cowart. 

Brooklyn H. absolutely shines in her breakout role as Wendy Darling. Her brothers Michael (Mark W.) and John (Brock H.) -- and of course, the infamous Captain Hook (Stephen C.) -- are busy learning their lines and stylizing their characters as leads on stage for the first time! The Junior Dungeoneers are ready to explore our Neverland after being off stage since spring 2020. 

This is my third year as the theatre director of Bay City Junior High, and the most excited I’ve been about a production in all my six years of directing theatre. My theatre classes are creating posters online as advertisements for our upcoming productions. This is an all hands on deck show and every student counts! 

Special thanks to our parents who have been so flexible with our schedule and even offered to provide snacks for our late night rehearsals! I could not do this without them, and of cours,e my dear colleagues, Bay City High School Theatre Directors Magda Mirelez and Dr. Todd Oncken. We would like to invite our community to our sweet show about a boy who didn’t want to grow up and friendships that live on forever. 

Sprinkle some fairy dust and join us on Thursday and Friday, December 9th and 10th at 6:30 pm and Saturday, December 11th, 2:00 pm at the Keye Ingram Auditorium. We can’t wait to see you there!

Pan! By Craig Sodaro

Directed by Victoria Rutledge

Produced by special arrangement with

Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Denver, Colorado