The Arts Council of Princeton and Princeton Variety Theater present, Peter Pan at the Princeton Public Pool – Pirates, Pandemonium and Panto directed by Todd Reichart. It features local businesses, local stories, jokes for all ages, and some big surprises, and is written by Zoe Brookes, Todd Reichart, Tom Regan and Per Kreipke. Zoe Brookes, Todd Reichart and Plainsboro music teacher Michael Jacobsen created original music for the show.
It has been told that whenever a kid says “Let’s Pretend”, the ever youthful Peter Pan makes an appearance. Mrs.Darling is a helicopter mom, and doesn’t want her children to fill their heads with such fantastical tales. It’s only when the family pet is turned into a giant crocodile that Mrs. Darling learns the true meaning of magic.
A local entrepreneur threatens to convert the pool to AstroTurf, and the entire town pulls together to oppose him. The performance involves more than 50 community members ages 8 to 75, including singers, dancers, acrobats and musicians. Peter Pan at the Princeton Public Pool will even include many parents performing with their children, and a number of local crew members back stage.
The Princeton Variety Theater is in its seventh season, and has been of successful at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, and introduced Princeton to the art of Panto. Panto, or pantomime, is not the same as mime. Panto is family-oriented theater, typically based on a well-known story, and is personalized for the town where it’s performed. There is a great deal of audience participation, singing and dancing, and a very simple script. This year’s sponsors are JaZams, Hulit’s Shoes, Princeton Center for Dental Aesthetics, Smith’s Ace Hardware and Labyrinth Books.
You can watch Peter Pan at the Princeton Public Pool – Pirates, Pandemonium and Panto performed live on Saturday, March 5 at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, March 6 at 4pm at the Stuart Little Theater, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart on Stuart Road. Tickets can be purchased online until March 4th at noon. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.