December 13th - 30th, 2018
Peter Pan is flying in to the Village Theatre for the ECHO Players Christmas production, opening on Wednesday 13th December and closing on Sunday 30th December.
‘Peter Pan’ tells the story of Peter, a lively and lovable young chap who refuses to grow up; instead, he chooses to live in Neverland, where he is the leader of the lost boys. He frequently fights with the infamous Captain Hook and his band of blood curdling Pirates, and his best friend is Tinkerbell, a fairy. The story starts, however, in London, where the Darling children are getting ready to turn in for the night. Suddenly, a light appears at a widow……
“Peter Pan” is a family show, intended for young children and young- at- heart adults who will join in the story from their seats. It is part musical and part pantomime, and will engage all the audience through song, dance and great storytelling.
The time- honoured story of Peter Pan, written by J.M Barrie in 1902, has been rewritten, expanded and adapted several times, and has appeared as a children’s book, a film, a television series, a musical, and various stage plays.
The ECHO Theatre production is an adaptation of Piers Chater Robinson’s English Musical “Peter Pan’ and includes most of the music and lyrics of Robinson’s creation.
However, local writer and Director Julian Packer has made a significant change to Robinson’s work, opting to take out the stereotyped and insensitive portrayal of Indians, and replace them with ‘lost girls’, who are lost to society until children of their gender are allowed to reach their full potential.
This ECHO production involves a cast of about 40 actors, half of whom are children, and a large behind the scenes production crew which is handling the many technical aspects of the production.
Bearing much of the responsibility is Ashlee Sales, who is not only the Musical Director but is playing the title role of Peter. Theatre goers will remember Ashlee from the pantomime, “Dick Whittington”, which was ECHO Theatre’s Christmas offering two years ago. Ashlee is supported onstage by Daniel Sailland , a newcomer to ECHO Theatre, (who plays Captain Hook), Megan Handley, playing Wendy, Lina Janeski (Michael) and James Miguel (John).
The visual dimension of “Peter Pan’ is in the care of Sarah David, who has designed the set and has had a large hand in all aspects of the production; Tricia Browne is looking after props and Helen Hill Tout is in charge of costumes. Overall Producer is Judi Andrews.