NEWFANE, N.Y. (WKBW) - This time last year, Newfane High School didn't have a spring play. It didn't even have a drama program. Thanks to the hard work of two students, the club is back and, this year, the play goes on.
Carissa Clarcq and Anthony Chavers got the idea to restart the drama club from an assignment Carissa did for one of her classes. She wrote a paper about keeping the arts in schools and they decided to do just that.
The two 10th graders were involved in the school musicals the past few years, but wanted to do a play. So they recruited Ashley Kuma, the school's physics teacher, to be the supervisor.
"To say I have zero musical talent, zero art skills, that's still being a bit generous," she joked.
This was last fall. Now that they had a club, they needed a play.
So the two students decided to write it themselves.
"It feels amazing," Carissa said. "It's so cool to see it out there in the world with people performing the stuff you've written."
"It was a lot harder than we thought," Anthony explained. "Mainly getting everybody together and everything together was the hardest part, really."
They chose the story of Peter Pan, knowing it's a story people of all ages could enjoy. So they adapted an original script from J.M. Barrie's classic Peter and Wendy.
They spent a few weeks working on the script, tweaking it and changing it, until they got it just right.