Get out your pixie dust and find your lost marbles, Peter Pan is getting ready to fly onto the Spanos Theatre stage. Kelrik Productions presents J.M. Barrie’s classic story of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up from July 10 – 19.
The history of Peter Pan is almost as delightful as the story itself. Few people today are aware that the short story by Barrie was adapted into a play in 1904 and then later expanded into a novel-length work by Barrie in 1911. Music has always been a part of the theatrical performance, but it wasn’t until 1954 that the show became the full musical version we know and love today. That 1954 version starred Mary Martin in the role of Peter Pan.
Kerik Productions will be presenting an adaptation that includes all the iconic songs you love, including “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.” Under the musical direction of Theresa Riforgiate, the sweet nostalgic numbers are sure to have audience members of all ages humming and crowing all the way home.
Directors Lauryn Judson and Erik Austin have said this production enthusiastically embraces the magic of childhood. Perhaps that’s why they’ve selected a cast that includes 34 local children, teens and adults from the Central Coast. These fortunate extras will have the honor of performing as Lost Boys, Indians and Pirates along with Tabitha S. Skanes as Peter Pan, Erik Austin as Captain Hook/Mr. Darling and Lester Wilson as Smee.
Of course, Barrie’s Peter Pan is a masterpiece of magic and childlike wonder. The contrast between the London nursery where the Darling family is dominated by time, and Neverland, the timeless place where no one grows old, creates the perfect backdrop for a story filled with adventure, villainous pirates, imagination and tenderness.
The technical challenges of Peter Pan put every venue to the test, and Spanos Theatre is rising to the challenge with the help of professional flyers from ZFX. ZFX Flying Effects provides everything from equipment to choreography and production for plays that require the element of flight. And what would Peter Pan be without a little pixie-dust induced flying?
Tickets for Peter Pan are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.kelrikproductions.org, by calling (805) 756-4TIX or purchased in person at the PAC Box Office in San Luis Obispo.
This production is made possible by the generous contributions of sponsors Central Coast Family, Costume Capers, Cheap Thrills and Joan Gellert-Sargen.
Kelrik Productions is proud to give back to their community through the Kelrik Cares program, raising funds for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo.