musical in English language
target audience: middle school students
literary adaptation from the novel by James Matthew Barrie
OLLY DERHAM – SAPPHIRE HEATH
NICHOLAS NIGHTINGALE – RUBY PRINGLE – LEWIS STARR
APL THEATRE – CRISTINA CORVI
SIMONE TASSAN DIN
Sir James Matthew Barrie was born in Scotland in 1860, in a modest family, ninth of ten children. Childhood was marked by the intense relationship with his mother and the death of his older brother David, which occurred on the day of his fourteenth birthday. To comfort his sorrowing mother, Barrie tried with all her strength to become a six-year-old David, and since then, someone has written, “she was forever thirteen years old“. He spent much time reading long classics in the company of his mother, until at age 13 he moved to Glasgow first and then Edinburgh to complete his studies. There he became interested in the theater and books of Jules Verne. In his diary as a teenager he wrote “Growing up and having to stop playing balls – a terrible thought“. In 1885, after his first experiences as a journalist, he moved to London and devoted himself to writing, novels but above all to plays. However, he struggled to achieve the success that came only with the early twentieth century plays. In 1902, in the novel The Little White Bird, the character of Peter Pan appeared for the first time, then developed in the eponymous play and finally in the novel Peter and Wendy. When James Matthew Barrie died in London in 1937, national mourning was proclaimed and messages arrived from all over the world.
The Little Minister (1897), The Wedding Guest (1900), The Little White Bird or Adventures in Kensington Gardens (1902), The Admirable Crichton (1903), Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up (1904), Alice Sit by the Fire (1905), Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906), What Every Woman Knows (1908), Old Friends (1910), Peter and Wendy (1911), Rosalind (1912), A Kiss for Cinderella (1916), The Old Lady Shows her Medals (1916), Seven Women (1917), Barbara’s Wedding (1927), The Boy David (1936).
This adaptation, like the original, wants to make us re-emerge the Peter Pan that lives within us, who is ready to wake up at any moment. Able to fly, a friend of the fairies, Peter Pan lives in Neverland with a band of lost children, those children who “fall off the wheelchair while the housekeeper is looking the other way” and that nobody comes to claim. Eternal child, Peter is the protagonist of the story so loved by Wendy and John Darling. One night, the real world and the fantastic world meet, when Peter, looking for his shadow, wakes up the boys who, incredulous but not at all frightened, decide to follow him to Neverland, where they will live many adventures and meet Indians, fairies, mermaids, pirates and crocodiles. Despite being enthusiastic about their lives with Peter, Wendy and John will feel homesick and will return, thus giving up, with Peter’s disappointment, the idea of remaining eternally children but choosing to grow up.
The most classic fairy tales, the most told to children around the world, are such precisely because of the strong message they convey, and among these, finds a place of honour PETER PAN. Precisely for this reason, due to the high symbolic value of history, one can think of venturing staging, which although partially moving away from tradition, retains its original story entirely. This is the case of this preparation of PALKETTOSTAGE, which updates the context of the story, bringing it to the present day, just to show that even today one can and must believe in fairy tales, one can and must believe in fantasy, which is always saving. This is how our Peter Pan fits into a great video game: a led structure that contains all the scenography, will light up, create amusing and high-impact scenic effects, together with the use of laser technology that will allow us to interact with the Tinkerbell fairy in a completely unexpected way. The world of reality and the virtual world will also diversify through customs: fun and colourful those of the characters who live in Neverland, elegant and realistic those of the Darling family. Light is the element that characterizes the characters of the video game, each of them, in fact, will have their own specific light element that will make them clear and easily recognizable during the entire show. A modern and surprising musical, with beautiful choreographies and the most famous songs sung live by 5 fantastic performers.
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