Fly to Neverland with NDSU

Peter Pan is literally flying into Festival Concert Hall Oct. 20-22 for the opening production of Theatre NDSU’s 2016-17 season.

Theatre NDSU pulled out all the stops to transform the hall into Neverland; not only did they move to the bigger location from Askanase, but they are also rigging the actors so they can actually fly. No pixie dust required.

“Peter Pan” is the classic story of an orphan that lives in Neverland, a place where he gets to be a boy forever. He partakes in many fun adventures with his friends and is always encouraging everyone to live life to the fullest. Peter is joined by the Darling children in Neverland, introducing them to murderous mermaids, daring pirates and a little bit of pixie dust.

According to Jess Jung, assistant professor of directing and the director for “Peter Pan,” “The story could absolutely be considered ‘original.’ We are presenting this classical musical with a few twists.”

She also mentioned the story has more than the well-known characters.

Peter Pan and his Lost Boys will not only fight Captain Hook and his pirates, but it will also feature Tiger Lily and her army. This new addition really gives a new feel for the beloved children’s story and certainly an anticipated fall production.

Peter Pan’s sidekick, Tinkerbell, will also be featured in the show. She will be represented by a special light. This really shows how actors have to be aware of their surroundings to give the feel of a magical fairy.

Captain Hook has his reptilian companion who will be played by an actor, as well as Nana the dog.

“Peter and the Darling children will be flying,” Jess commented. “The costumes will be worth seeing the show alone.”

While the show is adapted from the Minnesota Children’s Theater Company production, it will be a fun time not only for kids but for all ages. This would be a great opportunity to take a break from studying and go on an adventure to Neverland.

“Peter Pan” will start his adventure at Festival Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, with additional showings at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21  and 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 22. 

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