June 1, 1998
photo courtesy of Studio East
"Peter Pan" cast members include (l-r:) Jenni Allen as Peter Pan; Stan Gill as Captain Hook; Emily Iverson as Wendy; Sarah Maurer as Michael and David Bander as John.
by Deborah Stone
Studio East's "Peter Pan" is great fun for the whole family. This adaptation of J.M. Barrie's popular classic, directed by Lani Brockman, has all the ingredients for an evening of delightful entertainment. It is a magical mix of childhood dreams and adult yearnings.
There are bumbling pirates, the villainous Hook, played with maniacal humor by Stan Gill, lyrical mermaids and proud Indians, the motley and loveable lost boys and of course, the Darling children who fly from their nursery window to a host of adventures in Never Land. Performed by actors ranging in age from eight to adult, the show includes three Woodinville performers: Sarah Mauer as Michael, David Bander as John and Whitney Adkins as Tiger Lily and the Crocodile. Talented sixteen year old Jenni Allen, as Pan, gives the role the right mixture of bravado, innocence and spunk.
Studio East's adaptation features original music by Kimberly Maguire and Tina Lear. Kirkland muralist Dan Rice's scenes and Marty Eagleson's sets capture the imaginative world of Never Land, and the sweet simplicity of the Darling nursery. Every inch of the small performance space is used well and strobe lighting is cleverly implemented during the fight sequence.
The show keeps the audience engaged, but its long running time (two and a half hours with intermission) does cause some restlessness in younger viewers. Occasional narration sections are lengthy with wording that is directed more towards older audience members. "Peter Pan" runs through June 14th. For ticket information call 425-827-3123.