Peter Pan Takes On The "Mattress"

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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Comment by Peter Alfaro on March 29, 2015 at 7:38am

Thank you Dr. A and all the volunteers at PPJT for the time and work you put in for the kids. Another show! Another great season.

Comment by Elaine Arapostathis on March 19, 2015 at 8:35pm

If you were in this show come and relive the memory. You won't be disappointed. This is a great cast.

Comment by La Mesa Today on March 18, 2015 at 4:22am

Dr. A is the Cecil B. DeMille of our generation!

Comment by Cosas Chaparitas on March 17, 2015 at 3:53pm
PPJT ALWAYS puts on great shows! Can't wait!
Comment by Steve Babbitt on March 17, 2015 at 8:28am

This is going to be a good one! Can't wait to take my family to see it.

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