High School Musical’s Wildcats cheer team go wild. Photo: Ant Corke.

Double show fun for school holidays


Two classic youth musicals are touching down in Nelson just in time for the school holidays.

More than 100 members of the Nelson Youth Theatre Company are performing Disney’s High School Musical and Peter Pan Jr at the Theatre Royal, starting this week.

Director Richard Carruthers says High School Musical is based on the first movie of the same title.

“It’s the same story line, same songs, with big dancing, a big chorus and a heartfelt love story. Think of Grease, but Disney-fied.”

He says at first, he wasn’t sure it would be a popular option with cast members, but he was wrong.

“Everyone screamed and shouted for five minutes when I suggested it. It’s very exciting for the teens and I’ve also had primary school children asking to participate, which is encouraging.”

Running for two hours, it will feature the hit songs ‘Start of Something New’, ‘Stick to the Status Quo’ and ‘We’re All in This Together’.

“It has a beautiful energy and people will be thrilled to watch it.”

Peter Pan Jr features more of the younger members of the company and follows the classic storyline that everyone knows – all wrapped up in a one-hour package.

In the story, Peter and his fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, they begin a magical journey across the stars.

They come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.

Some of the Nelson Youth Theatre Company's cast of Peter Pan Jr. Photo: Supplied.
Some of the Nelson Youth Theatre Company’s cast of Peter Pan Jr. Photo: Supplied.

“There will be some exciting touches, and people will have to come along to see if Peter Pan will actually fly,” says Richard.

Both shows have a double cast and are suitable for the whole family, Richard says.

High School Musical runs from 4 – 12 October and Peter Pan Jr runs from 7 – 12 October. Tickets are available from TicketDirect or the Theatre Royal box office.