31st October 2019
Town Hall Sutton Coldfield
Type of Production
Author: Paul Douglass
A more serious note to the usual Peter Pan which we all know, this Peter Pan is definitely not a pantomime. This musical adventure is based on J.M.Barrie’s original play and brings out true tangible truths of life. A challenge for Societies today, especially youth groups, but this piece attracted a good audience and was well received. The whole cast were supported by an excellent backstage crew under the direction of Stage Manager Georgia Young, with a superb set design. The scenery made full use of the stage and with runways on both sides leading to a raised section in front of the orchestra, the large cast had plenty of room to perform. These runways being decorated like a forest scene. Scenery changes were swift. Some lovely costumes appeared in this production, with sound and lighting spot on. The visual display at the rear of the stage gave some really good images. I especially enjoyed the flying sequence to Neverland. Well thought out.
Juliet Fisher gave a pleasing performance as Storyteller, articulate in all situations from start to finish. Amelia Waldron was perfectly cast as Mrs. Darling; her stage experience came to the fore in this role. Talented Sophie Pegg was just delightful as Wendy, the Darling’s eldest child. Sophie interpreted each scene with perfection, her singing being impeccable throughout. James Lennon and George Wells put their stamp on their roles as siblings John and Michael respectively, from the onset. Cast as Mr. Darling was Samuel Bryars who played the role well. They were well supported by Katie Tuppen as Housekeeper Liza, whilst Georgia Young did all that was required as family dog, Nana. Even coming into the audience in the interval to meet the younger members of the audience.
The enviable title role of Peter Pan was characterized by the very capable Nate Wallace who gave us an energetic portrayal. A very creditable account of this demanding role. There was good work from the fiery band of Lost Boys who reveled in their tasks and attacked each scene with vigor. Finley Waldron headed the band of Pirates as Captain Hook with an accomplished performance as the ‘baddie’ of the piece, together with an animated portrayal of Hook’s sidekick, Smee from Ben Hayfield.
This was a very large cast, with minor roles and all chorus members contributing, including Londoners, Pirates, Indians, and Mermaids, unfortunately too many to mention individually, but all well executed. A disciplined thought-provoking piece beautifully presented and well received by an enthusiastic audience.