December 3 , 2003  
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

No fairy dust: Peter is panned

Peter Pan
Directed by: Susan Ferley
Starring: Eric Woolfe, Claire Frances Muir, Keith Dinicol

By Kelly Marcella
Gazette Staff

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DON’T WORRY - THIS IS NOT THE PAN YOU WILL BE SEEING AT THE SHOW. Obviously, unless a freak accident has caused humans to turn into cartoon characters.

Let’s face it — nobody ever really wants to grow up.

The Grand Theatre’s adaptation of Peter Pan reminds everyone of the joys of being young — even if it is only for a few hours. Though the show attempts to magically transform the audience into Never Never Land, it seems as though the production lacks a bit of fairy dust.

Starring as Peter Pan, Woolfe delivers a decent performance as this forever-boy, but seems to lack some of the overall essence that makes his character so appealing. Woolfe’s performance does not quite capture the magic that creates the character and the atmosphere at the heart of this children’s tale.
Supporting actors Muir (Wendy) and Vickers (John) deliver solid performances as the young visitors and friends of Peter Pan. Vickers, a Grade 5 student in London, was especially impressive in his role. Also, as the Traveller/Narrator, Dinicol deserves credit for directing the production through his bumbling storytelling.

The roles of Mr. Darling and Captain Hook, the funniest and most convincing of the entire production, were played brilliantly by Oliver Dennis. Dennis was superb as the vengeful Hook, delivering a solid performance throughout.

The sets used to transform The Grand Theatre into a bedroom in London and the magical lands of Never Never Land were stunning and well utilized, including a ship for Hook and his pirates.

Overall, this production contained exciting aspects but as a whole lacked the imagination and magic of the story of Peter Pan.

 

 

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