EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Adapted for the Stage by DOUGLAS IRVINE
From the books by J.M. BARRIE
Directed by DAVID O'CONNOR
On the F. Otto Haas Stage
December 2, 2009 - January 31, 2010
Ever since J.M. Barrie's story first appeared in 1904, countless versions have been produced on stage and in film. Now, Arden Children's Theatre presents a brand-new adaptation; one that celebrates the joy of storytelling and the power of imagination.
Join eternally young Peter on his adventure to Neverland, a magical island where there are no parents, no rules, and fairies and pirates rule! Introduce your children and grandchildren to the characters you loved from J.M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece: sweet Wendy Darling, jealous Tinker Bell, the vengeful Captain Hook, a horde of mischievous Lost Boys, lovable Nana the dog, and – last but not least – a very hungry, ticking crocodile.
Most enjoyed by families with children ages 5 and older.
"It's the Arden's design team that really soars... an epic hide-and-seek-worthy attic space, lit with moody shadows... Peter Pan
becomes a fantasy that's tantalizingly within reach. This cast is packed with up-and-comers who leap, shimmy, and perch around the set as though it were a jungle gym. I'll readily admit that [the script] held a few moments of real poignancy... And if I ever happen on my children in the garage, cobbling together makeshift characters out of gardening tools, I'll know exactly which design team to thank." –Philadelphia Inquirer
"The steampunk influenced, multi-tiered set currently gracing the F. Otto Haas stage at the Arden is one of the most impressive pieces of scenic design in recent memory. It is therefore fortunate that every other detail of this innovative adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic children's tale, Peter Pan
, is littered with the same amount of talent and charm. A beautiful set leads to impeccable staging. We found Peter Pan
to be a wonderful few hours of merriment, fantasy, and mayhem. There was flying, crowing, fighting, and pretty much everything else fun you could want or need. –Phillyist
"The Arden's reinvention of Barrie's classic tale reignited a tiny flame of innocence, and reconstructed, if only for a short time, a moment in the child's life where imagination reigned supreme and the pretense of what is or isn't cool mattered not." –Out With the Kids
Behind the Scenes–
Susan Lewis at WRTI's Creatively Speaking
explores local offerings in family theater and discusses different approaches to the form, including the Arden's Peter Pan
] (story at 15:30)
Lew Whittington from EDGE
talks to Peter Pan
director David O'Connor. [Listen