You may have heard me chatting about Peter Pan the show on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta on Tuesday. Here are all the details about this amazing theatre experience for kids of all ages for those of us who are kids at heart!
I think back to watching Peter Pan, the Disney animated version of the classic book, when I was younger and I remember alternately wanting to be Wendy, Tinkerbell and Tiger Lily. Wanting to fly off to Neverland. Wanting to go on adventures with the Lost Boys, sword fight with Captain Hook, cheer on the ticking crocodile on her quest to get another taste of that nasty pirate. I was even Peter Pan for Halloween one year, in a green felt costume my mother made me, the year I decided I didn’t want to be girly, I wanted to be one of the boys. I never wanted to be Captain Hook (as Hook says in the play, “No one ever wants to be me. They’d rather be Tootles than be Captain Hook!”)
When you see one of your favorite stories from childhood come to life, you get a little piece of that feeling back. And that’s how I felt at Peter Pan, playing now through March 20, 2011 at Pemberton Place® in Atlanta. Where’s Pemberton Place, you ask? Just look for the glittering white tents on the grassy space between the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, and you’ve found it – the home of Peter Pan.
This stunning and whimsical play, based on J. M. Barrie’s original play Peter Pan (originally titled Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up) written in 1904. Combining the original story of Peter Pan and all of its beloved characters with modern technology and innovative staging, you feel as though you truly are part of the story. The round stage with its many moving parts and trap doors (more than 27 in all!) is constantly changing and morphing from one scene to the next. The audience is seated all around the central stage, seeing the action from all angles – making this a theatre in the round production like no other. The audience gasps as one as Peter Pan and Tinkerbell fly before your eyes (and so do Wendy, John and Michael when they leave the nursery) and perform breathtaking tricks as they soar above your head. Together, you will cheer on the Lost Boys and boo-hiss the pirates, and help revive an ailing Tink with whispers of “I believe in fairies, I believe in fairies!”
The ceiling of the tent above your head is an extension of the show – dazzling you with beautiful imagery of London, of Neverland, of the Lost Boys’ lair. Your adventure truly begins when you fly through the city of London soaring over the Thames and Parliament and Buckingham Palace with Peter Pan and the Darlings, off to Neverland – and that’s only the start! The characters you meet may be familiar, but the experience is like none you’ve ever had.
Peter Pan will delight theatre-goers of all ages – from those of us who loved the story as kids to those who are still kids and being introduced to Peter Pan and Tink for the first time. (Please note: the website warns that the show may not be appropriate for children under 5 – I echo this caution. There are a few scenes that may be scary to little ones!)
Tickets range in price from $35.00 to $75.00 (premium seats are also available at a higher price – see website for details) and are available online or at the Peter Pan box office. Performances are Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sundays 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM through March 20, 2011. The show is two hours and twenty minutes long (which includes a 20-minute intermission), but allow yourself some extra time before or after the show to check out the museum-quality display on this history of Peter Pan and J. M. Barrie, as well as the merchandise, from fairy wings to pirate swords – there’s something for everyone!