DORSET - The Arts Department at Long Trail School will present a wonderfully entertaining production of Peter Pan for this holiday season.

Peter Pan or "The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up" is a fantasy by J. M. Barrie, in a new version by John Caird and Trevor Nunn.

"This is the beloved story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, John, Captain Hook, Smee, Tiger Lily, the lost boys, pirates and the Indians, and, of course, Tinker Bell, in their adventures in Never Land. This new version of the classic tale has been lovingly and painstakingly researched and restored by Caird and Nunn to Barrie's original intentions, with the part of Peter Pan played by a boy as Barrie had so correctly desired. The London Guardian said "we have a resonant and beguiling fantasy that boasts as much spectacle as any child could wish; and that, at the same time, touches on the double Barriesque tragedy of growing up into conformity or being marooned indefinitely in the Never Land.'"

The cast and crew boast 40 Long Trail students from grades 6-12. Peter is played by Louis Bronson, Wendy by Olivia Lane, Captain Hook by Isaiah Barnard and Tinker Bell by Sophie Spiro. Performances are Dec. 12, 13, 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.

On Saturday evening, in conjunction with Peter Pan, the theater department invites the audience to sit down to a proper English feast before the show.

Dina Bronson from Bistro Henry will serve up chicken pot pie, veggie shepherd's pie, and trifle beginning at 5:30 p.m. A silent auction will be held Friday and Saturday nights and will include a Vermonter's basket and a catered canape party by local chef Tom D'Olivo.

Fundraising efforts will benefit the Long Trail Actors Anonymous troupe, which has been invited to perform at the international Fringe Festival, held each August in Edinburgh, Scotland. Roughly 1,500 high school theater groups across the U.S. are nominated to attend the festival; groups undergo a rigorous adjudication process and are chosen based on the schools' drama program, educational philosophy, performances, and awards.

Reservations are necessary for the English supper on Saturday, Dec. 14. Dinner for adults is $20, $10 for kids. As a special incentive, dinner and tickets for two adults are offered at the package price of $50. Call the school at 867-5717 to reserve a spot for dinner and/or tickets to any of the performances.

Sunday's matinee performance is a particularly great time to bring children as the actors will pose with them for photos after the performance.

Tickets for the show are $10 for adults; $5 for students and senior citizens. For reservations, call 802-867-5717 x190