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LA MESA -- La Mesa's venerable Peter Pan Jr. Theater marks its 45th year of annual performances with next-week's side-splitting production of "Once Upon A Mattress" (based on the comic fable "The Princess and the Pea.")
The show runs March 25-28 at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Performing Arts Center. It features a cast of 90 4th through 8th grade students who reside in the La Mesa Spring Valley School District.
While PPJT focuses on performing arts, the program has a broader target, aiming to teach students character and leadership during the six-months of rehearsals leading up to the production.
"We're more than a youth theater program," says Director Dr. Mark Arapostathis, a La Mesa - Spring Valley teacher and recently-elected La Mesa mayor. "We build character and develop future leaders. We just happen to use professional-quality stagecraft as our medium for doing that."
Peter Pan Jr. Theater shows are widely considered to be some of the best in San Diego County, employing a professional pit orchestra and a small army of parent volunteers to make each performance go off without a hitch. The troupe has garnered numerous accolades and awards throughout its 45-year history.
In addition to the 90 students in the cast, PPJT funds tickets and buses so that nearly 2,000 students can see the production for free.
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