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Peter Pan flies into the Capitol this weekend

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Two years ago Angie Dee walked into the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon and an idea was born.

"I realized this was a beautiful live theatre stage. There was nobody doing that," she said. "I wanted to see high-quality, Broadway-level theatre here in this breathtaking venue."

Dee, a drama teacher at Heritage Christian Academy in Mt. Juliet, felt led to fill the void. She founded Audience of One Productions.

The company's first production was "Into the Woods" in 2015, followed by sold out productions of "Beauty and the Beast" and "A Christmas Carol Musical" in 2016.

Audience of One is back this summer with two productions: "Peter Pan Junior" and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."

"Peter Pan Junior" shows will be Friday and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are available at the door; however, Dee recommends show-goers purchase tickets in advance online at capitoltheatretn.com.

"In the past, we have sold out. I highly recommend going to the website and ordering there," she said. Tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults.

Dee is particularly proud of Peter Pan's young cast, who range in age from 7 to 14, and of acting director, Lena Boyd.

"This Peter Pan show was birthed out of a desire to give younger kids an opportunity to be leads. We have returning students who were in 'Beauty and the Beast,'" Dee explained, noting that actors in Audience of One Productions are often "triple threats" - with acting, singing and dancing talents.

"I've seen kids be completely transformed through theatre."

The "Peter Pan Junior" production is not the Disney version of Peter Pan - but a shortened version of Broadway's "Peter Pan."

"The Peter Pan Broadway version is longer. It is more difficult. Junior shows are written for the younger voices, so they can hit all the notes. I think this version is the best one," she said. "This stays on the story line. The characters develop - the climax is there. I fell in love with it."

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