Fly high with DMTC’s ‘Peter Pan’

By June 11, 2011


What: “Peter Pan,” presented by the Davis Musical Theatre Company

When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays, June 17-July 10

Where: DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, Davis

Tickets: $18 general, $16 students/seniors, $14 each for groups of 10 or more; www.dmtc.org or (530) 756-3682

The high-flying musical fantasy “Peter Pan” swoops in to delight theatergoers of all ages when the the Davis Musical Theatre Company presents the show beginning Friday.

It will continue through July 10 at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive in Davis.

Directed by Steve Isaacson, with choreography by Cyndi Mitterholzer and musical direction by Kay Hight, “Peter Pan” tells the familiar story of the boy who won’t grow up.

Finding a like-minded young girl named Wendy and her brothers, Peter flies with them to Neverland. But the island is fraught with danger in the form of a dastardly Captain Hook and an Indian chief named Tiger Lily.

Although the play was first produced in 1904, it began life as J.M. Barrie’s short story, “Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Never Grew Up.” Soon thereafter, Barrie adapted it for the stage. After a successful yearlong run in London, the show opened in New York.

In 1953, “Peter Pan” was animated by Walt Disney Studios after Disney acquired the rights to the Barrie character in 1935.

“Peter Pan” was supposed to be a follow-up to “Bambi,” but was placed on the back burner during World War II.

By 1955, a musical version of the show was commissioned by the San Francisco Light Opera Company, with a score by Mark “Moose” Charlap (music) and Carolyn Leigh (lyrics). When the show was in danger of closing on the West Coast before its trip to Broadway, Jerome Robbins called in Jule Styne (music) and Betty Comden and Adolph Green (lyrics) as show doctors.

The result is a combination of wonderful songs from each team that effectively tell the Barrie play. Charlap/Leigh contributions include “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I’m Flying” and “I Won’t Grow Up”; Styne/Comden and Green’s include “Never Never Land,” “(Build a House for) Wendy,” “Ugh-A-Wug” and “Oh, My Mysterious Lady.”

The Broadway version starred Mary Martin in a defining role as Peter Pan and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook. Both earned Tony Awards. The musical has had two celebrated revivals with Sandy Duncan and Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby in the lead role.

“Peter Pan” will be presented at 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. Sundays at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive in Davis. Tickets are $18 general, $16 for students and seniors, and $14 per person for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets are available online at www.dmtc.org or by calling (530) 756-3682.

Enterprise staff

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