A musical the entire family will cherish and long remember, Peter Pan, is playing in Santa Maria’s Marian Theatre November 8 through December 23. Based on the J.M. Barrie classic tale, Peter Pan is full of magic, warmth, and adventure, making it one of the most beloved stories for the stage of all time. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical adventure of a lifetime. The travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Neverland tribe, and a band of bungling pirates led by the villainous Captain Hook.
Director Mark Booher says that PCPA’s Peter Pan will deliver a highly immersive and personal experience to the audience unlike anything else. “The designers are creating an environment so that the actors and the audience can have the most lively interchange possible. Our audience is going to be in contact with the play in a way that we don’t often get to experience. So much of the play is going to happen right out with the audience,” explains Booher. And yes, Peter Pan and the Darling children are going to fly!
One important goal has been to create an environment where children, young and old, can show up and be aroused by a sense of magic. Particularly for adults who may have lost touch with those magical elements of childhood, this is a chance to rekindle that youthful belief as it is actually playing out right here in the moment.
Booher says that “young audiences can take away from this, the possibility of a place of your own making that you can be captivated by—imaginary worlds, and worlds of possibility that you could make if only you’re set free to dream and believe.”