The Cabrillo High School performing arts department will present Ronald Gabriel Paolillo’s “The Lost Boy,” the tale of James Barrie’s life and how he wrote the never-ending tale “Peter Pan,” with a run of shows that begins this week.

The production will kick off with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and continue with 7:30 p.m. shows Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. All performances will be held in the on-campus Little Theater. Doors will open each night at 7.

Tickets are $7 presale. At the door, they will be $10 for adults and $7 for students and children. Tickets are on sale now at Wild West Pizza, 1137 North H St., Lompoc Valley Florist, 1026 North H St., and in the Cabrillo High activities office, 4350 Constellation Road.

“The Lost Boy” is produced by Jennifer Peterson, Cabrillo choir and theater teacher, directed by Rebecca Jones, with technical direction by Lara Schmeiser.

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In the show, James M. Barrie (played by Collin Still) has found success and fame as a writer and yet he is still not satisfied with his life. So, James decides to return to his boyhood home in Scotland to visit his mother (Alexis Haddock). Their relationship was destroyed by the tragic death of his older brother, Davey, when he was a boy.

His mother has always blamed James for Davey’s death. As James begins to confront his past and his mother’s cruelty over the years, he is reintroduced to his childhood bully, Sean O’Rourke (Luke Nothstein) and his wife, Maureen (Emily Rich). Maureen is a fan of James’ work and she begins to help him talk through a new story he is working on, “Peter Pan.”

“This fictionalized account of the birth of Peter Pan (Kai Rosales), Tinkerbell (Rayna Anderson) and Captain Hook (Danan Pacheco, Dylan Hogan and Noah Randolph) will bring a smile to your lips and a tear to your eye as you relive the magic of the boy who wouldn’t grow up,” according to a release from the Cabrillo High performing arts department.

This report was prepared by Willis Jacobson. He can be reached at wjacobson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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