Thank you to all the panelists and attendees who came to our pre-show discussion Thursday night! Everyone had wonderful insight, questions, and ideas, and the conversation was engaging and productive. Here are just a few topics that were brought up:
Modern familiarity with Peter Pan adaptations versus the original play and novel.
How appropriate the novel and play are for children.
Conflicting perspectives of children and the complicated treatment of parents in Peter Pan.
If Peter Pan fits criteria for being a fairy tale
The necessity of evil, such as witches, trolls, and Captain Hook, in fairy tales.
Why the character of Peter Pan is often played by an actress.
Gender roles in Peter Pan and how female characters are portrayed, particularly Wendy as a maternity figure.
People have raved about Peter Pan and Wendy’s first weekend run through social media and word of mouth, and even in journalism! Read the Daily Aztec review by David Dixon here!
Check out the amazing music video featuring an originally composed song by SDSU alumni Thomas Hodges and visual teasers about the show:
While the designers and tech side of the show work with actors to enhance the story with spectacle, Captain Hook decides to cause trouble:
Puppets are one of the many visually stunning elements in the show. I have compiled a brief history of Britain’s puppet theatre as well as puppet styles from around the world that may have influenced the puppets in our show. Links to YouTube videos that demonstrate the charm, complexity, and variety of puppet shows are included, an an interactive game may soon appear. Click here to check the page out!
I have also updated the Activities, Further Readings, and Bibliography page by moving extra activities and readings to the top as well as including contents and links to subjects for easier navigation.
In the photo below, lighting is being adjusted to find the best feel and look for Neverland.
Pirating isn’t all about high sea adventuring and treasure hunting. Pirates have to work hard to walk the walk and talk the talk! Check out one pirate’s dedication to his role: