All worked together to bring this 1904 script to 2014 Riverwalk, using a simple but versatile set, enhanced by creative lighting effects (Ted Daniel). Costumes were a motley assortment of creative "steam punk" pirate/lost boy attire, plus exotic Indians and Mermaids (Kati Kettles & Josh Golden). Miranda Hartmann, Brett Allen Eckhart, and Tom Ferris each contributed to dance/fight choreography.
I enjoyed nostalgic lines recalled from the Mary Martin/Cyril Ritchard musical version of this story that was a must-see on TV in my distant childhood. Christian Thompson channeled a dash of Cyril in his paternalistic and elegantly exasperated Mr. Darling/Captain Hook. "A little less noise there..." This was not a musical, but included two songs, for the Indians and for the Mermaids.
Emilio Pido was a dashing and athletic Peter Pan, resolved to never grow up. Samantha White, as Wendy, gets high points for articulation and projection, sweetly playing the motherly Wendy, object of jealousy from the adorable Tinkerbell (Fiona Colson) expressing more withOUT words than others did verbally. Pirates Smee and Starkey (John Henrikson and Kyle Sodman) were fun in their bungled kidnapping of Tiger Lily (Megan VanZwoll).
Kudos to Sadonna for not only this show, but her dedication to the concept of the Young Artisan Workshop, where youth can have an educational, fun, cooperative, character-building experience, free of charge, working on and offstage at Riverwalk. This is her third successful season. Thanks to all the adults who helped out.
Remember, this show is — for ONE WEEKEND ONLY— and, as I said, quite full on this Thursday opening. You can make reservations to assure admission in case of a sellout, but it's "general seating" so come early for the best seats (and parking; there is overflow parking behind R.E. Olds Museum.) The show continues at 7pm Friday and Saturday, with a 2pm matinee on Sunday. $7/$5 for kids 16 and under.www.riverwalktheatre.com517-482-5700