Department of Theatre Arts Presents “Wendy & Peter: Into Neverland”
April 04, 2017
University of Idaho Theatre Arts presents “Wendy & Peter: Into Neverland” at 7:30 p.m. on April 20-22 and 27-29, at 2 p.m. on April 22 and 29 and at 5 p.m. on April 30 at the Hartung Theater, 625 Stadium Drive, Moscow. Tickets are available at BookPeople of Moscow, at the door an hour before curtain, or by calling the UI Theatre Arts office at 208-885-6465. All shows are free for UI students, $5 for children 12 and under, $10 for UI faculty, staff and people 55 and over, $15 for the general public, except for the April 30 show which is by donation.
Based on the classic novel by J.M. Barrie and the character Peter Pan, the boy who refuses to grow up, UI Theatre Arts’ adaptation gives the story a twist, focusing on Wendy and telling her side of the adventurous tale.
Christina Holaday and Keely Wright-Ogren, both Master of Fine Arts candidates in the Department of Theatre Arts, are directing the play and wrote the script with help from fellow MFA candidate Alex Wendel.
“We wanted to showcase Wendy as a stronger image,” Holaday said. “Everyone knows Peter Pan, but Wendy’s story and perspective is more of a mystery.”
The play follows the oldest Darling child and explores relationships, love and loss, and the conflicts between adolescence and adulthood, innocence and responsibility. While bringing out some of the darker nuances of the book that are glossed over in other “Peter Pan” adaptations, there are plenty of fairies, Lost Boys, pirates, sword fights, songs and a puppet crocodile.
“Kids are growing up faster and faster,” Holaday said. She hopes the play serves as a reminder of the preciousness of youth and the importance of play and imagination.
The cast of 19 are all students within the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, except for 8-year-old Ruby Miller.
“She holds her own and is a nice reminder of childhood,” Holaday said.
For more information, contact Theatre Arts at 208-885-6465 or visit www.uidaho.edu/class/theatre.
Media Relations, Theatre Arts Department
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