Artists in Action: ‘Peter Pan’ opens in Gadsden
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Star
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CharACTers Theatre and Gadsden State Community College are offering a classic for their next production, and this one should really fly.

The musical “Peter Pan,” with its heroes, villains, wonder and suspense, opens Oct. 5 and ends Oct. 14 at Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center in Gadsden. It is directed by Cody Carlton. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. A show for area schools (all grades) will be given Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m. in Wallace Hall. General admission tickets can be purchased online at CharACTersentertainment.com or by calling 256 543-ARTS — or at the theater’s box office 30 minutes before the show. Full information on the school tickets is also on the website.

CharACTers is bringing in ZFX Flying Effects for the musical. It is the same company that is currently flying Cathy Rigby in the national tour of “Peter Pan.”

The two Anniston actors in the production are Jennie Wall as Mrs. Darling, the proper British wife and mother, and Rebekah Wall as Wendy, the Darlings’ oldest child. Jennie also portrays one of the buccaneers. The adventures begin when Peter (Santana McKinney) teaches Wendy and her brothers how to fly from their window (to the dismay of their dog, Nana) to Neverland. There they encounter pirates, Indians, mermaids, the Lost Boys (Peter’s friends) a crocodile — and no grown-ups — all to their delight.

Jennie Wall loves the challenge of being part of a story so familiar to her family, and is impressed with the comedy, choreography and energy on this stage. Rebekah is thrilled with the flight training and counts it a rare experience.

“This is such a cool technical feature,” she said. “It makes the show so magical.”

Fun at OhatcheeFest

Further adventures are awaiting visitors at Janney Furnace Park in Ohatchee at the 16th annual OhatcheeFest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 13. Fun, food, kids’ activities and a look at some tangible history on the park grounds will keep families busy for the day. View the Daniel House, a log cabin built around 1843, which is now being restored and will soon be useable, according to Gary Frazier, who is doing the restoration work. One of the children born in the house, Eva E. Daniel, born in 1905, was the grandmother of Aaron Acker of Anniston. The cabin and farm were originally located in Ohatchee about a half-mile from Boiling Springs Baptist Church. The cabin was badly damaged during the 2011 tornados and about to be demolished when Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Acker, who owned the property, donated it to the county to be restored. It was then moved to Janney Furnace Park where it will soon be ready for tours.

Admittance to the park’s Confederate and Native American Museum is free, and it’s another way to look close into how people lived in their times and cultures. There are more than 1,000 American Indian pieces to see in a collection acquired last April, plus 500 pieces from the surrounding area of Ohatchee. There are at least 150 items to view in the Confederate exhibit including guns, swords, musical instruments and tools.

Hervey Folsom is a longtime supporter of the arts in Calhoun County and has been writing about them for The Star since 1971. She can be contacted at

herveyfolsom@yahoo.com.
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