This September, Wyong Musical Theatre Company transported audiences to Neverland, a magical world where children can fly with fairies, dance with Indians, fight with pirates, and never grow up.
The story of Peter Pan, originally penned by Scottish author and dramatist J M Barrie in 1902, is as agelessly popular as the boy whose tale it narrates. It was first performed on stage in 1904 and has undergone a number of magical transformations in theatre and movies, as a perennial pantomime favourite and, in 1985, Piers Chater Robinson adapted it for Peter Pan, The British Musical.
It is this adaptation that WMTC brought to the Memorial Hall, replete with all the traditional characters: Peter and the lost boys, Wendy and the Darlings, Tiger Lily, the dastardly Captain Hook, the irrepressibly cheerful Smee and, of course, Tinkerbell. The leads Ksenia Teliatnikova and Rebecca Burt were charming and engaging as Peter and Wendy respectively, impressing with their acting talent and beautiful singing voices. The dancing talents of Amy Santoro effectively created Tinkerbell in the imagination of the audience. Scott Osborne clearly enjoyed his villainy as Hook, and the audience enjoyed his deliciously evil laugh, and the supporting cast all did their part to bring their characters to life.
Colourful sets and costuming helped to create the storybook world on stage, and there were some entertaining and novel touches you don’t see every day – such as a big woolly dog in a pinafore or a crocodile on a skateboard! Fun choreography enlivened the musical numbers, especially in the pirate and Indian scenes, and the audience especially enjoyed the traditional Tinkerbell revival scene, rising to their feet and clapping along to demonstrate that, deep down, everyone still believes in fairies.
The next WMTC performance to look forward to will be their Annual Variety Show, which will be held at the Halekulani Bowling Club on Sunday 4th November.
[Image courtesy of WMTC publicity]