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AVIATE is an original play written by Rawson Saunders students and teachers. A dramatic flight through space and time, AVIATE explores and celebrates dyslexia through historical, personal, and fantastical stories. Be prepared for tears and laughter! 

Spectacular show everyone!

Photos of the cast and performance are available! Click here to view and purchase.

A DVD of the performance will be made available soon.

 PETER PAN at the Stateside Theatre! 

Our talented student actors had the extraordinary experience of performing for the public in a professional venue. The Rawson Saunders 2013 production of Peter Pan was performed at the Stateside Theatre at the Paramount. It was the first time the Stateside partnered with a school for a show and both shows completely sold out weeks before opening night! The Stateside also mentored our student tech crew.

It was an incredible evening in Neverland—full of thrills, laughs, music, dance, drama, and swashbuckling adventure! Thanks to the cast, crew, amazing team of volunteers, and especially our drama director, Emily Beatty, for such a phenomenal show!

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The cast & crew at the Stateside

Mr. & Mrs. Darling

Pan & Wendy

Almost flying! Michael, Wendy, John, & Pan


Pirate revelry

Sly Smee

Hook & Pan

Wendy & Tinkerbell

Pan & Indians

Indians! 1st and 2nd grade students

Tootles of the Lost Boys

Pan & the Lost Boys

Lost Boys! 3rd grade students

Wendy captured

Pirates! 4th grade students

The main cast

Click here for the KUT 90.5FM "Arts Eclectic" feature with drama director, Ms. Beatty, and the actors who played Pan, Hook, and Smee!

PHOTOS: Click here to view and purchase photos from the play including portraits and behind the scenes photos.

DVDs: DVDs are also available for sale. For more information please email info@rawsonsaunders.org

A very special thanks &
full pirate salute to the
Stateside Theatre! 



channel austin

Many thanks to Channel Austin for allowing us to take flight!


swiftsroaring fork

Thanks to Swift's Attic and Roaring Fork for the PETER PAN dinner discounts!

AVIATE thanks!

Many thanks to the restaurants who offered our theatre-goers discounts the nights of the play!








A special thanks to the
Off Center Theatre
and Rude Mechanicals
for the performance space!



Celebrated dyslexic actors:

Orlando Bloom, Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Patrick Dempsey, Dave Foley, Harrison Ford, Danny Glover, Whoopie Goldberg, Woody Harrelson, Salma Hayek, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Keira Knightley,     Jay Leno, Rob Lowe, Jack Nicholson, Joe Pantoliano, Oliver Reed, Keanu Reeves, Channing Tatum, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Vince Vaughn, Robin Williams, Henry Winkler...

Drama at Rawson Saunders is an exciting platform for safe expression and focused utilization of the imagination. Through their work in the classroom, students increase creativity, originality, sensitivity, fluency, and confidence while developing important communication and cooperation skills. Students learn different styles of acting including pantomime, improvisation, monologue, and scene work and study the history of the theatre. Additionally, many of our activities are used to increase the sense of community in the classroom. Students have the opportunity throughout the year to participate in school performances.


Rawson Saunders productions


Peter Pan (2013)

The Panther Home Companion (2012)

The Wizard of Oz (2012)

I Never Saw Another Butterfly (2011)

Click, Clack, Moo! and Tacky the Penguin (2010)


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