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Category: Theater/Shows/Concerts

Start: Nov 11, 2022 12:00 AM

End: Nov 14, 2022 12:00 AM

Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Dr, Metairie, LA 70003, USA

Come see Peter Pan fly at JPAS!

Archbishop Rummel Genesian Players
proudly present the timeless musical Peter Pan!

Directed by Brandt Blocker
Choreography by Karen Hebert

To buy tickets -- 

go to rummelraiders.com/genesians.html

For Immediate Release
10/13/22 Katie Gremillion, Director of Communications | kgremillion@rummelraiders.com

Like Mother Like Daughter

Rummel Genesian Leah Gilmore Follows in Mothers’ Pixie Dust

Metairie, La – When the curtain rises on Archbishop Rummel High School Genesian Players’
production of “Peter Pan” at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center November 11-13, it will
represent a return to Neverland for one Jefferson Parish mother.
In 1986, 8th grader Jennifer Stromeyer (Gilmore) appeared as the boy who won’t grow up in
Metairie’s Saint Benilde School production of Peter Pan. “It was the role of a lifetime,” said
Gilmore, who had been involved in the school’s various productions under the guidance of
teachers Lillian Moore and Sr. Cecilia Cotter. “The sisters of Saint Benilde invested fully in the
students learning the theatrical arts. We were very fortunate.”
Indeed, Moore was a veteran teacher and local choreographer whose work had been displayed
on the stages of Le Petit Theatre, the Bayou Dinner Theatre, and Jesuit High School. She often
brought in professional production designers and musicians to help elevate the experience for
the students and audiences, alike.
“The show was a delight! But the one thing we couldn’t pull off then was actual flying, as the
show was presented in the school cafeteria,” said Gilmore.
36 years later, Gilmore’s spirit will be flying high as she watches her daughter Leah, a freshman
at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, soar throughout the Jefferson Performing Arts Center as
Peter Pan in the Archbishop Rummel production.
“I am absolutely excited about flying in this show,” said the younger Gilmore. “I’m also a little
bit scared!”
Rummel Director of Theatre Brandt Blocker, ’90, who also studied under Moore and the sisters
of Saint Benilde, has employed D2 Flying Effects of Maryland to help the production get off the
ground, literally.
“Having previously produced ‘Peter Pan,’ I am lucky enough to know some industry
professionals that can achieve our flying,” said Blocker who is in his second year leading the 59-
year-old Genesian Players. “I always advise our students to ‘dream big’ when it comes to their
aspirations in life. So, why can’t we dream big and give our production a boost by flying our
students in the theatre?” Blocker added, “It’s not what you’d expect from a high school
production. We try to achieve beyond our limitations.”

With support from Archbishop Rummel Head of School Marc Milano, who graduated the
Metairie school with Blocker in 1990, the program has certainly found its wings. Like many arts
organizations coming off COVID and Hurricane Ida, the Genesian Players found themselves in a
rebuild. To that end, Blocker’s productions of “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Mamma Mia” last
year have revitalized the troupe and brought about sold-out audiences, once again. Blocker
hopes the magic continues as the Players perform off campus for the first time in 53 years.
“Nothing is more exciting than watching students grow in their faith and their artistry,” said
Blocker. Leah agreed, “It’s been an amazing journey so far with the Genesian Players. I have
made so many good friends and learned so much about the theatre. I can’t wait for audiences
to see this production.”
And how does Mrs. Gilmore feel about seeing her daughter high wiring over audiences’ heads?
“I am excited for her. She gets to fulfill a dream I had over 35 years ago. And, like older Wendy, I
just wish I could go with her!”
Unfortunately, we’re too grown up. However, audiences can soar in spirit with Leah and the
Genesian Players as “Peter Pan” plays November 11-13 at the Jefferson Performing Arts
Center. Tickets are available at www.RummelRaiders.com.
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