It is more than a play or work of musical theater. “Peter Pan” is a state of mind, a rite of passage for children. It says to its audience, prize your youth and imagination even as you go through that fitful process called “growing up.”
Who doesn’t know the story of the boy who went to Neverland, to remain a boy forever, fighting pirates and other fanciful villains, befriending mermaids, fairies, and other magical beings? It may have been created as a literary work by James M. Barrie in 1904, but it feels as eternal as the Greek myths.
Who is this “Peter Pan” for? Everyone! Of course, for children. It is virtually a requirement that every child pass at least once through Neverland. But the stage craft, the performances, the artistry of this production, and the unwashed sentiment make this a great time at the theater for any age audience, whether grown up or not.
The actors in this production are young people ages eight-18. Youth is no hindrance to this cast; the talent is impressive. Critics assured us, you will feel like you’re at an off-Broadway play.
Stage Left Children’s Theatre [SLCT], the producers of the show, worked with Flying by Foy to get Peter and the other children to fly. “There’s no question it adds to the thrill of live theater when Peter Pan actually flies across the stage,” said Francesca Lopez, executive director/producer of SLCT. “This is the second time in 15 years that we’ve presented Peter Pan because it’s one of the truly classic plays about childhood and growing up… It’s a story and exciting production loved by everyone four to 104.”
The 2016 production of Peter Pan opens Friday, May 13 – and runs May 13-15 and May 20-22 at Ritterhausen Auditorium (Old Nyack HS/BOCES), 131 N. Midland Ave. (entrance on 5th Ave.) Nyack, NY 10960.
Tickets: $12 Seniors & Children (12 & under) $15 Adults purchase tickets online www.stageleftct.org Information: call 845-365-9000.