Peter Pan takes flight at the Riverfront Theater in Downtown Milford as Second Street Players Children’s Dessert Theater will present Peter Pan on March 6, 7, and 8. Performances will be held at 7pm on Friday and Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.
Based upon Sir James M. Barrie’s 1904 book about the boy who refuses to grow up, this stage adaptation by Frederick Gaines begins in the London nursery of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling, where three children are visited by Peter Pan. With the help of his tiny friend, the fairy Tinkerbell, Peter takes the three children on a magical flight to Neverland. This enchanted island is home to Peter, Tink, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and her Native American nation and of course the scheming Captain Hook.
Directors Josh Gross and Mark Dissinger bring this classic tale to life with a talented cast of characters. This version of Peter Pan comes straight form the original stage version. Peter Pan will be the first full length Children’s Dessert Theater production as the cast will take audiences on a magical journey to Neverland with non-stop action with pirates, indians and the Lost Boys.
“Peter Pan will keep everyone on the edge of their seats cheering for him to hopefully come out victorious over his nemesis Captain James Hook,” said director Gross. “Action and adventure makes this a must see show.”
Sydney Gross will be performing the role of Peter Pan, during her fifth year with the Second Street Players. Thirteen-years-old, she has acted in other Second Street Players Children’s Dessert Theater productions including Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Ever After the Musical. A fan of the book and Disney movie Peter Pan for years, Sydney says playing the role of Peter has made her further understand the true meaning behind the story.
“I have been obsessed with the story since I was a little girl,” said Sydney. “I want the audience to understand that at some point everyone does not want to grow up but it is okay because the memories you have as a kid do not go away.”
Abigail Porter will be performing the role Wendy, the oldest sister of the children that joins Peter on his adventure to Neverland. This will be Porter’s first performance with Second Street Players although she has acted in several school plays at Sussex Tech High School. A self-proclaimed fanatic of the Disney movie Peter Pan, Porter has connected with her character.
“I find it fascinating to play the role of Wendy, she is conflicted about being a realist in life but also has a feeling of not wanting to grow up,” said Porter. “I hope the audience has fun and enjoys live theatre as much as watching the movie.”
There will be a 15 minute intermission during the show where every child will receive a dessert and a drink so that at the end of the show there will be plenty of time to get autographs and pictures with their favorite characters. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children with a Family Friendly Night on Friday, March 6, where families are asked to pay what you can. Directors of the show encourage families to come early since Children’s Dessert Theater plays fill up fast. All tickets can be purchased at the door and seating is general admission. Performances are held at the Riverfront Theater 2 S. Walnut Street, Milford, DE.