It’s all hands on deck to build the set for Kuranui College’s production of Peter Pan as students begin the construction of a pirate ship of immense proportions, the largest set the college has ever built.
“We didn’t want just a facade for the ship, because even though this is for fun, we are going to do it right,” explained Kuranui Team Leader for Technology, Doug Juggins. “We are transforming the entire stage into a three-dimensional ship.
“It is a lot of framework, and we are recreating it as a real ship would be, which means the hull will be curved, and the stage will have depth.”
The set is an inspiring collaboration across multiple school departments and involving a huge team of students, including Year 13 actor Hayden Tankersley, who plays Captain Hook. “Mr Juggins talked to me about the idea, working together we had to find out what we can and can’t do, based on where people will be on the stage.
“Because the pirate ship is staying on stage the whole time, we are getting the art students to paint canvas tarps, and we will throw them over the side to show different scenes, like this is a bedroom wall, this is the lagoon, and so on. The pirate ship will become our backdrop, rather than being a ship the whole time.”
This multi-purpose prop will really set the stage for the entire play, with Juggins and his group of carpentry students hard at work creating the frame for the whole structure. The frame is being made out of repurposed packing crates donated by Plumbing World Masterton.
“I don’t think we’ve had a single set piece this big before. Last year with HMS Pinafore, the set was large, but it was made up of separate pieces which came together. This is the largest set we’ve ever done,” added Tankersley.
Peter Pan matinées will take place on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 September at 1pm, while evening shows will be on Thursday 26, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September at 7pm.
Tickets will be available through the school office with proceeds going to the Wellington Children’s Hospital.