PETER Pan and the People’s Theatre gang of Lost Boys, Pirates and high-flying Darlings have taken Joburg’s children on many a swashbuckling adventure during the school holidays. And they are not done yet! Due to popular demand Disney’s Peter Pan Jr has been extended until August 14.
“The unprecedented responses from audiences have had people clambering for seats and we are delighted to be able to extend the show. This timeless classic proves once again that children and adults want to be transported to Neverland,” says director Keith Smith who, with fellow director Jill Girard, has once again brought magic to the People’s Theatre stage.
The mélange of musical talent and high-energy performances by both the professional cast and the children’s cast have kept audiences on their edge of their seats.
Coupled with the enchanting set, designed by Grant Knottenbelt, fantastical costumes by Linda Wilson and special effects costumes Trudie Ströh and choreography by Sandy Dyer, this production has touched the hearts and minds of both its young and young-at-heart audiences.
The cast features Phillip Schnetler as Peter Pan; LJ Urbani as Captain Hook/Mr Darling (the roles are traditionally played by the same actor in musical theatre); Clive Gilson as Smee/Nana (the dog) and the Indian chief; Noni Mkhonto as Tinker Bell; Kayli Smith as Mrs Darling and Tiger Lily; and Samantha Aria as Pirate/Indian/Maid, as well as an array of budding young children actors.
JM Barrie’s classic tale of Peter Pan, the boy who never wanted to grow up, has delighted audiences for over 100 years. This production, filled with engaging musical numbers, audience interaction and animated flying sequences continues in this tradition.
“The importance of theatre for young children is once again proved. The stimulation of live entertainment is a vital ingredient in the development of children,” says Smith.
Performance times are 10.30 am Monday to Friday, 2.30 pm on Saturday and 10.30 am and 2.30 pm on Sunday,