Fri, Feb 29, 2008 - Page 14 News List

Up, up and away

By noah buchan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Watch Peter fly in the ABA Production musical version of Peter Pan at Novel Hall.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF KHAM

Peter Pan brings two weeks of acrobatic adventure and fantasy to these shores beginning tonight at Novel Hall (新舞臺) and running through March 16. Performed by an international cast of adults and child actors, the musical fuses the best of the story's humor and imagination with contemporary special effects and musical numbers.

The production is based on British author J.M. Barrie's beloved boy who never grows up. Peter, played by 14-year-old newcomer Ryutaro Yanagita, and his retinue of street urchins called the Bad Boys are once again pitted against the despicable Captain Hook, played by Canadian theater sensation Scott Sauer.

Captain Hook is up to his usual pirate tricks aboard the Jolly Roger and only Peter and the Bad Boys can defy his fearless gang - with a little help from Tiger Lily and the Fairy Queen.

The show, which played to packed houses in Singapore and Manila, features acrobatics and flying scenes - coordinated by Tracy Nunnally, the "flying director." Directed by Matthew Gregory, it is an adaptation of Ben Munroe's work. Amuer Calderon is its musical director and composer, with choreography by Kitty Aguila-Cortes.

Some of the proceeds from the production will go to charities, following a tradition begun by Barrie, who donated the rights to his famous book to the Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children in London.

Peter Pan (小飛俠音樂劇) appears today, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and Sunday at 1pm and 5:30pm at Novel Hall at 3-1 Sungshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路3-1號). Tickets are NT$900 to NT$3,300 and are available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw. For more information visit www.flypeterpan.com.

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