by Bethany Spencer
Pella Christian’s fall musical production of Peter Pan is back in the spotlight. Every year a panel of judges from Des Moines Performing Arts honors schools across the state with the Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards. Along with awards for Outstanding Overall Technical and Creative Achievement and Special Recognition for a Cast Ensemble, three students earned individual honors.
Senior James Beyer earned an award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role as Peter Pan and has been nominated for the Triple Threat Award, which recognizes those who excel at singing, dancing, and acting. He will be competing for an all expenses paid trip to New York to work with Broadway choreographers and directors.
Beyer will be performing in a medley with the other nominees at the awards showcase on June 5 at the Des Moines Civic Center. “I was very excited. This was an award I had wanted this year,” he said.
Senior Ryan Howey and sophomore Tyler Egesdal both earned Special Recognition for Performance in a Leading Role, Howey for his role as Smee and Egesdal for his role as Michael. “I began in the tech booth and then transitioned to stage, not sure if acting was for me. But this confirms that acting is a talent of mine, and I’m so thankful that God blessed me with the abilities He did!” said Howey.
Egesdal and Howey both look up to PC alumni Joel Larson (2016) for inspiration. “I remember the way he was a great, Godly leader in everything he did,” said Egesdal.
Howey agreed. “Joel Larson was my initial inspiration to try the stage. He is such an incredible actor and was such a kind friend,” he said.