If you feel like escaping to Neverland, now’s your chance. The Oliver Elementary Fine Arts Club is performing Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. from May 1-3.
The 60-minute musical, designed for middle school-aged performers, is based on the play by J. M. Barrie and the 1953 Disney film.
The production features 69 student actors, led by Lori Martine, who said the show’s cast and crew are a “cohesive team.”
“Overcoming the challenge of producing this show with such a large cast has been exciting,” she said. “We are eager to share our work with our community of theatre enthusiasts.”
Peter Pan Jr. tells the story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, and the girl who has to. After finding his shadow in the Darling family nursery, Peter teaches Wendy, Michael and John how to fly and sweeps them off to Neverland, where the meet the Lost Boys, mermaids, Indians and – of course – pirates.
If the children are ever to return home, Peter must defeat Captain Hook with the help of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends.
Peter Pan Jr. features classic songs from the 1953 film such as “You Can Fly!,” “Follow the Leader” and “The Second Star to the Right,” as well as songs from Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the 2008 Disney film Tinker Bell.
A performance of Peter Pan Jr. is open to the public on May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Frank Venables Theatre. Admission is $10.