Peter Pan and TinkerBell fly into the magnificent State Theatre and audiences who have been anticipating this musical pantomime should be mesmerised by the artistic staging, colourful costuming and imaginative lighting.
Bonnie Lythgoe who is credited as executive producer and director of the show, successfully introduced pantomimes to Australian theatergoers with previous productions of Aladdin, Snow White and The Seven Dwarves and Cinderella.
Perfect holiday entertainment for the entire family, this pantomime boasts a cast of over 25 performers, and stars Todd McKenney as the dastardly (but very likeable) Captain Hook, Tim Maddren as the free spirited and mischievous Peter Pan and Jamie Hadwen as the feisty TinkerBell.
All the characters from the classic story by Scottish novelist J.M Barrie come to life on stage, including Wendy, John and Michael Darling, the Lost Boys and the muddled pirates. Audiences (especially the young children) will be entranced by the array of characters who appear on stage, including the very animated cockney girls, Indians, female pirates and mermaids.
Immersed audiences who are encouraged to participate by boo’ing and cheering throughout the show, will be rolling down the aisles in laughter, as a hilarious script overloaded with puns will have adults competing with the children for the loudest laughs.
The energetic choreography of dance sequences and exuberant musical numbers interspersed with renditions of popular songs also add to the creativity and enjoyment of this theatrical delight.
The story of Peter Pan, which teaches children the importance of family values and also resonates that dreams can come true if you believe in magic, is a spectacular pantomime which is not to be missed. Theatergoers should ‘listen to the child in their heart’ and head off on a remarkable journey to Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael, as they ‘follow the second star to the right and head straight on till the morning’. (MMo)
Until Jul 16. State Theatre, 49 Market St Sydney. $58 – $94 (Adult VIP). Tickets & Info: www.ozpanto.com or 1300 139 588