I’ve always been a fan of Peter Pan, and watching CharacterWorks’ adaptation brought to life by a cast of twenty-five talented young actors and a supporting company of seventy-five Lost Boys, Indians, and pirates, was amazing.
Peter Pan is a tale of swashbuckling fantasy and never wanting to grow up, presented at its finest!
From the moment Peter, played by 16-year-old Freeman High School junior Jessie Fidler, flew onto stage I was captivated. Fidler portrayed Peter with such ease and grace, it was clear that her ten years with CharacterWorks had paid off. It was truly a joy to watch her and get swept up into the innocence of childhood once again. I especially enjoyed the scene in which the Lost Boys, who were appropriately adventurous, cute, and eager attempted to persuade Wendy (16-year-old Rebekah Pusey) to be their mother. The dancing and singing and singing about never wanting to grow up was infectious. (The song is still stuck in my head!). Pusey was a spectacular Wendy and was surrounded by a stellar cast, including 14-year-old Westminster Academy freshman Charlotte George as Tinker Bell, who very cleverly got her point across without ever uttering a word. Godwin junior Luke White was also a standout, accounting for the the bulk of the show’s laughs as Captain Hook.
With several colorful and elaborate sets and lots of flying, Peter Pan is filled with timeless magical moments that will have you reminiscing your own childhood memories long after leaving the performance.
The entire run of CharacterWorks’ Peter Pan is sold out, but RFM has a 4-pack of tickets for Saturday, March 12, 7:00PM performance at the Steward School’s Robins Theatre.
Thanks to real mom and family theatre lover Heather Johns for the review.