Let me start by saying a lot of pixie dust is used in this show….and I don’t hate it.
I was invited by the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas to the opening night of Finding Neverland, a theatrical story on the birth of Peter Pan. As a long-time fan of the Peter Pan tale, I was excited to see the show and learn more about the story behind the story. (Many of you may remember the Johnny Depp adaption.)
The audience first meets J.M. Barrie, a struggling English writer looking to find his next big hit and is under a lot of pressure from his manager, as well as the theatre’s crew and cast. Barrie is married to an uptight socialite who doesn’t make his life any more comfortable in a time of stress. As he looks for inspiration on his next story, he wanders around Kensington Garden, where he stumbles upon Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, a widow, and her four young boys. One of her boys, Peter, becomes the theme of Barrie’s sought-after story. The play continues to follow the story of Barrie’s friendship with Sylvia and the creation of Peter Pan, including appearances by Captain Hook, Wendy and the lovable Peter himself.
Finding Neverland showcases beautiful costumes and sets, delightful accents, an adorable pet dog and lots of imagination; the audience is asked to follow along and imagine with the characters. (This is where you’ll start seeing pixie dust!) Though the plot portrays some sad moments throughout its entirety, the director fills the gaps with clever humor and wonderful songs. Finding Neverland is a great reminder of how the wonder of childhood can last forever.
Fall for the magic on stage now through July 23, 2017. Get tickets here.
Stay tuned for additional shows coming up at the AT&T Performing Arts Center including The King and I and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
(Disclaimer: I was provided a media pass to see this show, and all opinions are my own.)
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