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Beloved 'Peter Pan' flies to Camelot Theatre stage

Soar into the holidays and indulge your kid-at-heart with a timeless story where dreams are born and no one ever grows up.

The high-flying Tony Award-winning musical “Peter Pan,” based on Sir James M. Barrie’s classic tale, will transform the stage at Camelot Theatre into the magical world of Neverland with unforgettable scenes, scores, songs and the magic of flight

“Peter Pan”is full of magic, warmth and adventure, making it one of the most beloved stories for the stage of all time.

The story follows Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, who visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and take them on a magical journey across the stars to Neverland. The travelers come face to face with the Lost Boys, fierce islanders and a band of bungling pirates led by the villainous Captain Hook. Once, Peter cut off Hook’s hand and fed it to a crocodile, and ever since, there has been a bitter rivalry between the two.

The musical features the score by Morris Charlap and Jule Styne, with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green shining through in iconic songs such as, “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land.”

“The story of ‘Peter Pan’is for the child in all of us — who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up,” directors Haley Forsyth and David Alonso Rodriguez stated in a press release. “Our ‘Peter Pan’ brings us to an island in the sky, Neverland, where it’s summer, autumn, winter, and spring at the same time on different parts. It’s a place where pirates patrol the seas while the native islanders navigate a magical forest. A place where fairies are real and children never grow old.”

The production features Ryder Kole Emerson as Peter, who of course, will be able to fly with the help of Tinkerbell’s pixie dust, naturally, and an assist from Flying by Foy, the most prolific theatrical flying service in the world, who brought flight to Mary Martin’s iconic performance as Peter Pan in the 1954 Broadway musical.

The cast includes Mark B. Ropers as both Mr. Darling and the dastardly Captain Hook, and the Darling children are played by Annie Siegel as Wendy, Dominic Walsch as John and Eli Siegel as Michael, and Sarah Fine portrays their mother, Mrs. Darling. Nana, the Darlings’ Newfoundland nursemaid, is brought to life by Clementine Walsch, who also appears as the terrifying Crocodile. Tiger Lily, portrayed by Emily Sullivan, is the brave and strong leader of a mysterious islander tribe, and Lanny Horn plays Smee, Captain Hook’s bumbling right-hand man.

A talented ensemble of scurvy pirates, rowdy Lost Boys and dancing islanders rounds out the cast.

If you are ready for an enchanted adventure, where dreams are born and time is never planned, performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through Dec. 27, and 2 p.m. Sundays Dec. 8-Dec. 29, and at 2 and 8 p.m. on select Mondays and Tuesdays through December, at the Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Special 2 p.m. matinee performances will be offered on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $30 to $38. Rush tickets are $20, if available, at the door one hour before each performance. Group discounts are also available.

For more information, or to purchase tickets see camelottheatre.org, stop by the theatre’s box office Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., or call 541-535-5250.

Captain Hook, played by Mark B. Ropers, and Peter Pan, portrayed by Ryder Kole Emerson, sword fight in Camelot Theatre’s production of “Peter Pan.”{ }Photo by Chelsea Fine