THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL in RETURN TO PANTOLAND opened in Sydney on Friday night to a packed theatre for a short 2 week run before it flies down to Melbourne.
This Adventures of Peter Pan pantomime certainly proves that live theatre can be fun for children (and adults). You just have to hear the children's laughter, screaming out and booing to see how they get wrapped up in Peter Pan. Pantomime is really about audience participation, and this Peter Pan pantomime has lots of audience participation.
The Adventures of Peter Pan is set in London in the early 1900s and starts off in the home of the Darling family. The magical boy Peter Pan flies into the children's bedroom looking for his lost shadow. With the help of his fairy friend, Tinker Bell, he teaches the three Darling children - Wendy, John and Michael to fly. He takes them to far-off Never Land where they have many adventure with fairies, Indians, Lost Boys, mermaids, and pirates led by Captain Hook and his sidekick Smee.
Tim Maddren of Hi 5 fame plays Peter, the mischievous boy from Never Land who never grows up. Tim sings and acts well, and makes Peter both charming and funny. He has fun on stage, even using a water pistol.
Jamie Hadwen plays the cute fairy Tinker Bell. She will go to any length to help Peter as she glides across the stage on her roller skates. Befitting her name, she wears a cute costume with bells around the bottom of the skirt that always tinkle.
Katrina Retallick plays the dual role of Mrs Darling and Mimi the Magic Mermaid. These two roles are very different from each other, with Mrs Darling being a sweet English person (think Mary Poppins) and the Mermaid being a very Ocker character (think Jeanie Little or Kath and Kim).
The fantastic songs in the show are a mix of original songs written especially for the show and well known chart-topping pop tunes. Even though I was unfamiliar with some of the songs, my (adult) children who were with me knew them all.
Bonnie Lythgoe Productions presents
THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL in RETURN TO PANTOLANDSydney
Tickets: $62.75 – $77.75 (Family $281.00)
Bookings: ticketmaster.com.au 1300 139 588
21 – 30 July
Tickets: $79.95 – $59.95
Bookings: ticketmaster.com.au 1300 11 10 11