Douglas Irvine, playwright
Originally produced in CTC’s 2008-09 season
Run Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 7+
Peter Pan, who comes to hear the stories Mrs. Darling tells each night, has lost his shadow. Tinker Bell, his fairy friend, helps him search, but it’s Wendy Darling that re-attaches his shadow in trade for a kiss. Peter flies Wendy and her brother Michael to Neverland to mother the Lost Boys. The flight is the entrance to adventure!
In Neverland they encounter pireates, led by the infamous Captain Hook, play with Peter’s friends, the Lost Boys, and rescue the Indian princess Tiger Lily. Eventually Wendy becomes homesick, and soon she and the boys ask to go back to London. Peter refuses to go, but sends them off. As he falls asleep below, the pirates capture Wendy, Michael and the Lost Boys. As Peter sleeps, Tinker Bells sees Hook poison the medicine Peter promised Wendy he would take. When Peter wakes up, Tink quickly drinks the poison hersefl to save him. Only if the audience believes in fairies will her life be saved. Peter flies to rescue Wendy and the Boys, engaging Hook in battle. Peter finally wins, and a waiting crocodile snaps after Hook as Peter delivers the children home. He promises to return, and indeed he does many years later, to meet Wendy’s daughter, Jane, so that the story can continue.
“I have loved the story of Peter Pan for as long as I can remember. The adventures of the Darling children in Neverland has excited, enthralled and moved not only me, but generations of children and adults alike. But what is it that makes it so appealing? To answer is like trying to catch a shadow! But I do know that bringing this modern myth and its much loved characters to life for the stage has been a rare privilege, and exploring the world of Captain Hook, Wendy, the Lost Boys, and of course Peter, has been like exploring the shadows themselves – scary, fun, poetic, silly, profound and elusive – yet very, very real!” -Dougie Irvine, playwright
“…you can just feel your imagination grow.” -St. Paul Pioneer Press
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