Peter Pan flies into Performance Riverside

January 30, 2009
8:00 pm
January 31, 2009
2:00 pm
8:00 pm
February 1, 2009
2:00 pm
February 6, 2009
8:00 pm
February 7, 2009
2:00 pm
8:00 pm
February 8, 2009
2:00 pm

Come fly away for an evening of magic, wonder and adventure in Neverland with Peter Pan, the mischievously heroic boy who refuses to grow up.  With lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Mark Charlap and Jule Styne, based on the play by James M. Barrie, this is by far the most beloved staging of the story, in which Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and the Darling children sing, dance and fly through fun and the adventure of fighting Captain Hook and his pirates. It’s a musical treasure chest of songs like “Never Never Land,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” and “I Won’t Grow Up.” The production is directed by Gary Krinke, choreographed by John Vaughan and musically directed by Allen Everman.

As early as 1905, a musical version of Peter Pan had appeared on the New York stage, but it was not until 1954 that the most popular stage version of Peter Pan would be born, thanks to the genius of producer Jerome Robbins.  That production featured Mary Martin as Peter Pan, and opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1954 and ran for 152 performances. In 1979, a revival with Sandy Duncan playing the lead role in a production proved even more popular than the first one. Whether audiences come to recapture treasured childhood memories, or build new ones between parents and children, it’s easy to see why theatre-goers of all ages have been enthralled by this magical tale for over 100 years.

Peter Pan reaches the ‘youth, and joy, and freedom’ inside of all of us.” says Performance Riverside Producing Artistic Director Rey O’Day. “We must remind ourselves to make sure we all hold onto a little of what is young and joyous within ourselves, and to make sure the children in our lives do so as they grow up.”

Lisa Livesay, cast in the role of Peter Pan, has been a musical theatre performer since the age of 13. She continues to perform at various theatre companies in southern California and across the world, including Performance Riverside, Downey Civic Light Opera, Redlands Civic Light Opera, The Grove Theatre in Upland, the Redlands Bowl, and most recently, Hong Kong Disneyland. Lisa has also been a certified sign language interpreter, as well as a piano and voice teacher for Encore Arts Academy in Yorba Linda, California. She lives in Anaheim, California with her husband, composer/performer and Performance Riverside veteran Nolan Livesay.

During the day, Tom Patrick is a mild mannered teacher at March Mountain High School, but in Performance Riverside’s Peter Pan, he is the elegant terror of the seas, Captain Hook.  He appeared in the title role of It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman in it’s 2004 Orange County premiere at the Maverick Theatre.  At Performance Riverside, he wowed the audiences as The Creature in 2004’s The Rocky Horror Show, and most recently appeared as Sitting Bull in last November’s critically acclaimed production of Annie Get Your Gun.

Also featured in the cast are Dominique Simone Araiza, Jonathan Blair, Nicole Bravo, Alyssa Butler, Desmond Clark, Katie Davis, Chase Dowe, Reagan Ellis, Luis Flores, Ashley Green, Ryan Michael Hartman, Tyler Jenkins, Renee Jensen, Hilary Kadoya, Logan Karlen, Damian Kim, Gabriel Martinez, Brenton David Meyers, Danny Munguia, Andrew Musselman, Robert Ramirez, Matthew Saunders, Benjamin Shaffer, Jamie Snyder, Ian Tyler Van Bebber, Alison Vesey,  and Aaron Ezra Wolgemuth.

Landis Performing Arts Center is located on the Riverside City College campus at 4800 Magnolia Avenue. Performances of Peter Pan are January 30, 31, February 6 and 7 at 8pm, and January 31, February 1, 7 and 8 at 2pm.  Tickets are $25, $30, $37, and $43.  A specially priced “Discovery Theatre” performance for school and senior groups is also available January 30 at 10am.  For more information and to purchase tickets contact the Landis Box Office at 951-222-8100, or purchase online at www.performanceriverside.org.

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