Peter Pan, Jr. at the Lexington Children’s Theatre REVIEW

Just past the second star on the right, and straight on ‘til morning! Fly to Neverland and go on a musical adventure with Peter, Wendy, and the Lost Boys – but be on the lookout for Captain Hook!  Our Lex Fun 4 Kids writer, Katie, checked out this great show from LCT and has a raving review!

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For kids of all ages who just don’t want to grow up, Lexington Children’s Theatre’s production of “Peter Pan Junior”, is an absolute treat! Head over to the theatre and spend an hour in Neverland. You’ll listen to beautiful voices, soak in amazing talent, and be transported to a place where you can be a kid again.  I took my five-year old and three-year old to the 2:00 pm show on Saturday, and they were enthralled.

The traditional tale of Peter, Wendy, Michael, John, the Lost Boys, and Captain Hook is told with a new and fresh perspective. The storyline sticks to Disney’s animated film fairly closely, but the cast, costumes and talent take it to another level of fun.

The cast is made up entirely of children and teens, and their talent will blow you away. From the moment they opened their mouths, they had us in the palm of their hands for the quickest sixty minutes of our weekend. Wendy (Jada Turley) and Peter (Brendan Naish) were a perfect duo. She’s motherly and calm. He’s a boy who refuses to grow up and teaches her to fly. The Lost Boys (and girls) were adorable. They were prepared to defend themselves with plastic arrows and water guns, but really just wanted a mother to finish telling the story of Cinderella. The Brave Girls were my daughter’s favorite characters. As they sang and danced, they brought some girl power to an otherwise predominantly male storyline. Captain Hook (Daniel Baesler) was delightfully terrible. He was just scary enough to portray how horrible Hook can be, but was balanced with humor and a fear of a crocodile the made him endearing and not too scary for my three-year old son. Hook’s crew of hipster pirates were fantastic! They sang, danced, and captured Lost Boys with quick one-liners that kept us laughing.

The set and costumes for the show were fantastic. The set easily transforms from the Darling children’s bedroom, to the Lost Boys home, to Hook’s ship. It makes perfect sense, and my children followed right along. Sometimes set changes are confusing for young children, but this really worked. Even my three-year old said, “Oh, now they’re on Hook’s boat!” The costumes reflect the hierarchy of the characters in Neverland. The Lost Boys are the youngest, a little wild and a little dirty. The Pirates are the teenage hipsters and are so, very cool. The Brave Girls are a band of awesome chicks with 90’s style.

The songs were catchy and fun. We were tapping our feet as the Lost Boys sang about not growing up and as Hook and his crew danced a tango and a tarantella.  There’s a moment when Tink’s life is in danger and the audience claps to show that they do believe in fairies. It’s absolutely precious.

If you plan on attending the show, and I sincerely hope you will, arrive a little early. There a photo opportunity in the lobby, and you really need to make time for a bathroom stop. This play is General Admission and takes place upstairs on the Learning Stage  (more on in “Helpful Tips”). So, there’s not an easy escape route for a potty break during the play. After the show, the performers remain in the lobby to greet their fans, take pictures, and sign autographs. They are charming and enthusiastic. We met several of the characters, and I was taken aback at how each and every one bent down to talk directly with their little fans.

If you have a chance to head down to the Lexington Children’s Theatre before March 30th (schedule below),  you’ll enjoy a fantastic show that leaves you reminiscing about the Peter Pan that you loved as a child and delighted that you spent the afternoon sharing and updated version of the story with your children.

Important Tips

  • Doors open thirty minutes before the show. Arrive early to use the restrooms and get a good seat. This show is general admission.
  • There is an elevator to the Learning Stage on the second floor.
  • The show lasts about an hour.
  • Merchandise is available in the lobby as you enter. It’s a small booth and is easily avoidable if you aren’t interested. However, the prices aren’t outrageous if you feel like treating your little one to a memento.
  • Tinkerbell is portrayed with a spotlight and music. There is not an actual character who plays Tink. If you have a diehard Tinkerbell fan in your house, you might want to prepare him or her for that.

Schedule

Friday March 24th  7:00pm

Saturday March 25th  2:00 & 7:00pm

Sunday March 26th 2:00 & 4:00pm

Wednesday, March 15 – Thursday, March 16th 10:00am & 11:45am

Tuesday, March 21st-Friday, March 24th – 10:00am & 11:45am

Monday, March 27th – Thursday, March 30th – 10:00am & 11:45am

  • Lex Fun 4 Kids Writer, Katie

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