Peter Pan at Beartooth

Abigail Oltrogge, as Wendy, tells stories to the Lost Boys during a Skyview High School production of Peter Pan. An abbreviated version of the play was performed Beartooth Elementary as well as other Heights schools on Monday. December 4, 2017.

LARRY MAYER Gazette Staff

Skyview High students got a little extra practice on "Peter Pan," the play set to unveil Dec. 12, by performing an abbreviated version of the show in Billings elementary schools Monday. 

But student director Grace Shroyer hopes they weren't the only ones who benefited. 

"I really hope that we get some younger kids inspired to do theater," she said. 

When senior Ryan Treat, who plays the ageless, flying, green-clad boy wonder, signed up for theater as a freshman, the program was struggling to attract students. He didn't have a deep background in the discipline. 

"I wanted to get involved in something," he said. 

Fourth- and fifth-graders attended the roughly half-hour performance at Beartooth Elementary. Perhaps they weren't the most highbrow consumers — the Captain Hook-terrorizing crocodile got the biggest laugh — but they were certainly engaged. 

When when the story's star fairy, Tinker Bell, collapsed, Treat addressed the audience: "If you believe in Tinker Bell, clap your hands."

Nearly every student watching clapped.

Skyview students were hoping that their younger counterparts would be interested in seeing the full play. 

"This is the first time we've done something like this," Shroyer said. "This is the most advertised one of our plays has ever been."

Performances begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 16. All seats are $5. The full production will feature flying actors and a full-size pirate ship. 

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