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‘Tinker Bell’ Brings Magic To Brooke Hills Playhouse

Cast members Olive Scherich and Lola Scherich rest comfortably on Lacy Quering’s lap as they rehearse a scene from “Tinker Bell,” which runs Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Brooke Hills Playhouse.

WELLSBURG — Brooke Hills Playhouse continues its celebratory 50th season with its third production, a return to Neverland with “Tinker Bell,” written by Patrick Flynn, this weekend, Friday through Sunday, July 23-25, and next weekend July 30 through Aug. 1.

Playwright Flynn suggested that the set be more suggestive than literal, and director Julia Barnhart, also Brooke County Arts Council president, agrees in making the set minimalistic. “I see my actors as being children playing dress-up when they experience Neverland,” she said. “Imagination is key for everyone; actors as well as the audience must use their imaginations to fully experience this theatrical piece. Actually, we’re all players.”

This children’s show is Tinker Bell’s side of the story. When all the fairies in Neverland start dying, Tinker Bell comes to London to find a friend. There she meets a young boy named Peter Pan who has just run away from his family so he can be a little boy forever and have fun. When Tink takes Peter to Neverland, all sorts of wonderful and amazing things happen: flowers grow, animals appear, and pirates arrive. But as Peter brings more Lost Boys and the Darling children back to her island, Tink finds she doesn’t like sharing her friend with anyone else, especially that Wendy girl.

This cast is remarkably diverse in age with the youngest cast member at 4 years of age and the oldest in his 30s. Three cast members are also acting on the Playhouse stage for the first time. Castmates from Wellsburg include Kelly Salatino, Jazmyn Wood, Tucker Wood, Hannah Charlton, Kamryn Lloyd, Maddie Rees, Charlotte Box, Shannon Box and Andrew Dillie.

Sophia Wilkerson, Carter Biggerstaff, Chelsey Barnhart, Sarah Tennant hail from Follansbee. Weirton castmates include Olive Scherich, Lola Scherich, Violet Scherich and Savannah Garrison. Richard Twist Oliver is from Chester. Pennsylvania members of the cast are Lacy Quering from Burgettstown and Natalie DeFilippis from Avella.

Kelly Salatino as Tinker Bell and Jazmyn Wood as Peter Pan rehearse a scene from “Tinker Bell” at Brooke Hills Playhouse.

This fresh and intensively theatrical adaptation of the classic story emphasizes play and fun as well as the complicated nature of friendship. A new, twinkling light shines on all the characters you love as J.M. Barrie’s story is reborn from Tinker Bell’s point of view.

Barnhart admitted that the cast has a wide range of abilities and takes direction well. “There are many comedic, emotional and dramatic moments in this play,” she said. “Tinker Bell has this feisty attitude because too many people are coming to Neverland. She wants one friend only: Peter Pan. And she wants absolutely nothing to do with Wendy!”

She continued, “Mr. Smee can be quite comedic and also very touching in his scene with Captain Hook when they discuss their mothers. And, if you like drama, we have drama in various sword fights between the Lost Boys and the pirates; Captain Hook and Peter Pan; and Smee versus Tinker Bell. All actors engage in fresh imaginations eager to explore the make-believe world, this time on stage rather than their back yard.”

Tinker Bell is sure to delight audiences of all ages, so be sure to bring the entire family. SJ Construction and Handyman Services of Wheeling is sponsoring this production.

Municipal Mutual Insurance Company and Traubert’s Pharmacy are Playhouse season sponsors.

Tucker Wood as Mr. Smee and Richard Twist Oliver as Captain Hook show a little emotion in “Tinker Bell,” which runs this weekend at Brooke Hills Playhouse.

Reservations and further information can be made by calling or texting 304-737-3344.

Brooke Hills Playhouse is located in Brooke Hills Park in Wellsburg.

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