Family musical Peter Pan set to kick off new season at Rhodes in style

Lifestyle / Sat 29th Aug 2015 at 09:16am

Peter PanTHE greatest children’s story of all time, Peter Pan, is set to kick off the new season at Bishop’s Stortford Theatre in the Rhodes Arts Complex this September.

The magical production which is brought to you from the same team that brought the smash hit productions of Oliver! and Annie to Stortford, opens at the South Road venue on Friday 18th September for 10 shows.

Phil Dale, producer of the show and also Artistic Producer of Rhodes Arts Complex, is excited to be bringing a full scale version of JM Barrie’s classic family story to the Rhodes stage for the very first time.

“Peter Pan is often presented as a Christmas pantomime but I hold the view that you spoil the story when converting it to Panto as you have no choice but to change both the story and the characters.

This is why I am pleased to be able to produce it as a musical so we can stay faithful to the original story and bring depth, sadness and a touch of darkness to certain characters.”

The star of the show, Peter Pan, will be played by Kali Dronsfield, 17, who is no stranger to the story. In 2009 Kali played Tinkerbell in the first ever Phoenix production of Peter Pan at Harlow Playhouse. Since then Kali, who is a former student of the world famous Sylvia Youngs Theatre School in London, has appeared in numerous roles, most recently as a Senior Dancer in Dick Whittington. This will be Kali’s first principal performance at Rhodes, but her energy and charisma is perfect to play the boy who never grows up.

Alongside Peter Pan is Wendy Darling, who will be played by Bishops Stortford based Gabriella Morgan, 15. Gabriella who has just returned from a two week placement at the National Youth Theatre, is a Phoenix Student who most recently performed at Rhodes in the junior chorus of Dick Whittington.
John and Michael Darling are played by Stortford based performers Matthew Goodeve, 11, and Sam Ronco, 7.

Matthew, also a student from Phoenix Theatre Arts performed in the 2013 production of Annie; whilst regulars at Rhodes will remember Sam and his sister Natalie who performed at Rhodes Talent Search and won first place in the under 11 category with a song from Mary Poppins.

The most famous villain of them all, Captain Hook, will be played by producer Phil Dale. Although Phil is no stranger to playing the villain, most may remember him as the evil Abanazar in the 2013 pantomime Aladdin, this will be the first time he has played the dark and sinister Captain Hook.

Other performers amongst the cast will be familiar to Bishop Stortford theatre-goers. Kevin Lacy who played Doc in West Side Story will be playing Smee whilst Will Edden, who also performed in West Side Story plays head of the Lost Boys Tootles. Will has an impressive professional record with roles under his belt such as Dodger in the national tour of Oliver and Gavroche in the West End production of Les Miserables.

Talking to Phil Dale it is clear that Peter Pan is a timeless classic but not without its challenges to perform.

“Our greatest challenge? How are we going to fly Peter and the Children to Neverland? Unfortunately the Rhodes stage is not ideal for traditional flying, so we will have to use all of our theatrical knowledge and skill. It’s going to be magical…but you’ll have to come along to find out how!”

Peter Pan is running from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th September. Performance times vary. Ticket prices are £17, £15 concessions and £60 family. To book please call the Box Office on 01279 710 200 or go online at www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk.

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