ST. CLOUD - She may only be a sophomore, but Saint John’s Prep student Grace Knoblach has already taken part in well over a dozen on-stage performances.

Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON

"This is my 17th or 18th show. I started with theater when I was seven and I just fell in love with it as a whole. So it's not even a question, if I have an opportunity to do a show, that's what I'm doing."


Knoblach put countless hours into preparing to play Peter Pan, a character she called both challenging and rewarding. She says at one point she spent 26 hours over two days preparing.

One of the biggest challenges for her was figuring out the wide singing range for the character.

"A lot of preparation comes from really knowing songs, lines and being able to react right on the spot to anything that happens."

Another fun challenge for Knoblach was learning to multitask while using a flying system on the Paramount Theatre stage. She says it took several days of practice to learn and get comfortable with flying.

"It's so much fun. It's just you and you're up in the air and you're seeing what you can do with that opportunity. It's amazing."

Above all else, despite the exhausting practices, Knoblach says it was worth every second preparing for the show.

"Being able to share your acting with an audience, they're totally there to experience something wonderful and magical. That's huge being someone who can give that to someone."

Nearly 70 Saint John's Prep students took the stage in Peter Pan at the Paramount Theatre from March 11th-13th.

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