HAZARD — The Appalachian Arts Alliance brought a magical performance to The Forum in Hazard on Friday. Peter and Wendy enchanted the audience, while also providing an interactive community experience.
The cast consisted of approximately 60 local students in 1st through 12th grades, providing an opportunity for students to perform outside of their regular school curriculum. The program was provided by the Missoula Children’s Theater. Missoula Childrens Theater offers a selection of educational workshops to compliment the performances and residency of Peter and Wendy in participating areas.
Peter and Wendy is written by Michael McGill. This is the play’s synopsis provided by the Appalachian Arts Alliance and MCT:
When Captain Hook sends his right-hand man Smee on a quest to capture Peter Pan, it’s seemingly business as usual … at first. Little does Hook realize what fantastic adventures await him and his pirate posse in their search for the elusive Peter Pan. Mistaken identities, ever-morphing clouds, a classy crocodile, some very lost boys, and a fickle shadow all add to the mayhem. Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Darling embark on a quest of their own and find themselves trekking everywhere from Hawaii to the North Pole in search of their three missing children. With help from the earth-friendly Neverlanders, exotic Neverland creatures, and faithful Tinker Bell, the Darling children are found, disputes are ultimately resolved, and everyone – including Captain Hook – finds a place where they truly belong.
On Friday, the audience in The Forum was whisked away on the journey along with all of the time-treasured characters from Neverland. This performance is one of many projects the Appalachian Arts Alliance is planning to enrich arts in the mountains.
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