We hope you loved our spring 2013 production of Peter Pan. But did you know that it can be very difficult getting the rights to put on some of the classics? Here’s a story of persistence as told by Director Fred Gorelick in early 2013….
One year ago spring, I applied for the license to perform the musical Peter Pan to be produced by NEHS Theatre. I was told that as a result of a major professional production touring the nation the rights to the show were unavailable. The process allows for an appeal which I filed.
Without hearing a word from the offices in New York City, I applied for a Eugene Education Foundation grant to offset the cost of bringing a Flying By Foye staff person to rent us the needed equipment and to train our student crew and actors in the flying effects for the production. We won a $2,000.00 grant.
Unfortunately, the rights were not cleared by the group producing the national tour (starring Cathy Rigby) and we turned back the grant money. Last June, I again applied for the rights to do Peter Pan here at North. Once again, we were turned down. When I refused the chance to appeal, the New York office (Samuel French, Inc.) urged me to do so. I formed a new appeal and sent it off late that night. Two days later, I received a telephone call at home to inform me that our appeal was accepted and we were granted the legal right to rent the music and scripts and to produce the show.
As far as I know, we are the only (or one of a very few) high schools in the nation who are allowed to perform the musical this year.
NEHS Theatre Spring 2013 Production
Our 2013 spring production was the musical
We cast teachers as well as NEHS students and students
from our community’s elementary and middle schools.
Performances were held
April 11, 2013 at 7:00
April 12, 2013 at 7:00
April 13, 2013 at 1:00 and 7:00
April 19, 2013 at 7:00
April 20, 2013 at 1:00 and 7:00