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‘The Lost Boy’

Playmakers perform tale of Neverland from tragedy

Photo by Ciara Parizek/MDN The deacon, middle, speaks of how David Barrie was an honorable man while James Barrie, far right, played by Cade Solberg, and his mother Margaret Ogilvy, played by Elise Sinner, left of James Barrie, listen in silence.

The Minot High Playmakers are performing “The Lost Boy” at Magic City Campus from Feb. 20-22, starting at 7:30 p.m.

“The Lost Boy” tells the tale of James Barrie’s life and how he created the story of “Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.”

The play begins with six-year-old Barrie ice skating with his 13-year-old brother, David Barrie. The ice cracks and David falls through into the frigid water and dies. Barrie’s mother, Margaret Ogilvy, never recovers from losing her favorite son and would often think that Barrie walking in the door is David.

The story of Peter Pan comes about many years later when Barrie realizes that his brother is never going to grow up. At that revelation, the play switches gears to tell the fairytale. The name Peter Pan was derived from two sources. One was Barrie’s unofficially adopted son Peter Llewelyn Davies, and the other from the Greek god of shepherds and flocks, Pan.

The role of James Barrie is played by Cade Solberg. Solberg will be spending the better portion of the play on stage, as the play is narrated by Barrie.

The childish and fun Peter Pan is played by Kelson Schofield, who is fully committed to the role. Portrayed by Elise Sinner, in her first major role, is the overbearing mother. Barrie’s confidant Maureen, who is the first to hear the story of Peter Pan, is played by Elizabeth Wilson. The third important female character is Mary Barrie, who is played by Cecelia Starkey.

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