Peter Pan the Musical

Date 18th November 2014
Society Bilston Operatic Company
Venue Grand Theatre Wolverhampton
Type of Production Musical
Director Laura Canadine and Gregg Yates
Musical Director Ian Stephenson
Choreographer Laura Canadine

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Author: Alf Rai

~~Peter Pan the Musical although a wonderful family classic, is not very often brought to stage due to expense and difficulties of staging it, so It was a brave decision for Bilston Operatic Company to take on this very technically challenging show. But I have to say they certainly pulled this one out of the bag! It was a marvellous production from start to finish and they coped admirably with all flying scenes and the big set changes which were quite slick in operation. The expectant packed audience were entertained and amazed by some powerful enthusiastic performances as well as wonderful scenery and costumes.
Leading the way was Maison Kelly as “Peter Pan” a terrifically solid performer with a voice to match. The perfect Peter Pan! Some excellent supporting performances from Lucy Fellows as the loveable Wendy, Sarah Houghton as the Storyteller, Viv Brown as Liza, Sue Towler as Mrs Darling and of course Nick Sullivan as Mr Darling.
The adult chorus added to the entertainment with their respective individual characters as the pirates and wives especially Zak Douglas as the Rastafarian Pirate (Hilarious!)
The children of the company were more than a match for the adult members with some remarkably strong witty performances from Alex Clark as John, Tom Horton as Michael, the lost boys, Indians, mermaids and wolves.
Another remarkable performance came from 10 year old Darci Dobson as the adorable Tinker Bell who never faltered once in coping with the difficult flying scenes and making it all look so easy. Well done Darci!
Saving the baddies until last!! Phil Jackson was larger than life as the well booed Baddie “Hook” working well with his sidekick Zac Hollingshead as very funny “Smee” although at times it would have be nice to see the true nastiness of Hook emerge, with Smee being more subservient, which would probably have been more true to the story.
Much credit to all the production team as the general chorus were well drilled with some nice choreography as you would come to expect from Producer/Choreographer, Laura Canadine and a super orchestra under the capable direction of Ian Stephenson adding to the overall entertainment quality.
My thanks also to the Committee and Front of House team for being such fabulous hosts.