Join Peter Pan, Wendy and Captain Cook for the opening night of “Peter Pan,” Friday, June 13, at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix. By special arrangement with Music Theatre International, Valley Youth Theatre closes its 25th season with the original Broadway musical version of the show, which runs through Sunday, June 29.
A musical adaptation of Sir James M. Barrie’s 1904 play, “Peter Pan” features lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and music by Mark “Moose” Charlap, with additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and additional music by Jule Styne. The 1954 Broadway production starred Mary Martin as Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up, and earned her a Tony Award.
Directing the Phoenix production of “Peter Pan” is Bobb Cooper, VYT’s producing artistic director. “This is only the third time we’ve produced ‘Peter Pan,’” he said. “The last time we did it was in 2009, and I’m proud to say that our choreographer from five years ago is back.” Cooper was referring to Katie Casey, who also took the role of Peter Pan in VYT’s 2000 production. Mark Fearey, VYT’s resident musical director, will again lead the orchestra.
The cast of 36 includes Hannah Blaile in her 13th VYT role (Peter Pan), Connor Baker (Captain Hook/Mr. Darling), Caroline Wells (Wendy Darling), Sam Primack (Smee) and Payton Bioletto (Tiger Lily). New to the company are Bryson Holl (Michael Darling), Mitra Matin (Lost Boy), Karlie O’Hearn and Clay Rollon (Indians) and Oriana Valcamp (Jane).
Remaining cast members include Jessica Sinodis (Mrs. Darling); Hayden Skaggs (John Darling); Rebecca Caswell (Wendy Grown Up); Ally Lansdowne (Lisa); Thea Eigo (Neverbird); Brennan Metcalfe (Crocodile); Alex Partida (Nana/Indian); Cameron Benton, Brandon Brown, Tatum Dial, Carly McClain, Brandon Reyes (Indians); William Deihl, Alberto Flores, Adam Hays, Anand Khalsa, Harrison Redmond (Pirates); and Olivia Fearey, Makenna Jacobs, Vincent Jacovo, Alexandra Kirby, Ethan Shanker, Charlie Siegel, Justin Vaught, Owen Watson, Andy Wissink (Lost Boys).
ZFX Inc., the company that flew Cathy Rigby in the 1998 Broadway revival, is providing provide special flying effects and training.