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WRAL anchor gets flying lesson from Peter Pan

Posted July 18, 2008

— Peter Pan isn't the only one who wouldn't grow up.

WRAL Anchor Valonda Calloway recently got a flying lesson from the actress who plays Peter Pan in the North Carolina Theater production of the show.

Gail Bianchi has played Peter Pan for about two years.

“It’s a lot of fun, very exciting, very exhilarating,” Bianchi said.

One of the highlights of her role is flying through the air.

Bianchi makes it look effortless, but there's a lot going on with the crew backstage and cables behind the curtains that audience members don't see.

Bianchi wears a harness that's hooked to a tether under her costume. She and the crew have to be in exact sync.

“It’s kind of nice having complete control over what’s happening on stage,” said stage crew member Alex Thompson.

Once Calloway got an understanding of how to “fly,” crew members let her take to the air. First, they gave her a beginner’s lesson in flying back and forth across the stage.

“Oh, wow! This is so cool!” Calloway said.

She quickly learned to keep good posture, think lovely thoughts and not look at the ground.

Peter Pan is playing at Progress Energy Center in Raleigh through Sunday night.


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  • dont_preach Jul 18, 2008

    It news because its not about someone getting murdered or someone getting raped! Some of you folks need to stop complaining so much and laugh a little.most of you have a addiction to bad news that its your way of life. Go ahead and enjoy yourself valonda!

  • TRB2871 Jul 18, 2008

    Valonda could be my peter pan anyday. I should have set the DVR this morning so I could watch her fly over and over again, lol...

  • doglover11 Jul 18, 2008

    Oops.. sorry about the typo on her name.. Valonda... :(

  • doglover11 Jul 18, 2008

    Those pics of Yolanda are cute as pie. :)) As kids we all wanted to be able to fly right?? :))

  • momof3inNC Jul 18, 2008

    I thought it was funny....lol maybe it should be in the strange news section!

  • miketroll3572 Jul 18, 2008

    You gotta be kidding me. Get real wral.

  • FloydTurbo Jul 18, 2008

    The Bah Humbug Society seems to be in rare form here today.

    Personally I kinda like a "reporter plays Pete Pan" story. Sure, its not as cool as the next Easley petty crime or "satanic ritual gets out of hand" or creating new profanities to dishonor Sen Helms .... but it brightens my day. ......


  • davidgnews Jul 18, 2008

    News or promo? YOU decide.

  • Pineview Style Jul 18, 2008

    Looks like a slow news day today....

  • Fun Jul 18, 2008

    This is not news. It's shameless self promoting, just like that child birth news,blogs and books. "Look at me Im great and grand"