Peter Pan stole it. Yes he did. He stole our hearts.
Peter Pan has always been one of my favourite stories because I love the mermaids, magic and the belief in things that are innocent. I was invited to come to the media night and I was allowed to bring a little person. One guess who I took?
We have read the story of Peter Pan a million times and we both love Wendy although I like Tiger Lilly a little more than B does. Peter Pan will be showing at Canal Walk Shopping Centre and this would be the first time that B had ever been to the theatre. We arrived at Canal Walk 3 hours before the show started, walked around and had some dinner. Hmm and then the last hour it was “Mama is it time yet?” every 5 minutes as she was just SO excited.
She had reason to be as the show was really good and the cast interacted with the crowd. The kids stared in amazement as Peter Pan flew over the crowd and sprinkled Fairy Dust on them so that could fly with him to Neverland. The cast also came off the stage and walked between the audiences for one number. The boy in a row ahead of us could not believe it when the brave Panther walked up to him “greeted” him. We clapped and screamed really hard to save Tinkerbell after she drank the poison to save Peter Pan and were delighted when she stood up! And in that moment Peter Pan flew into her heart as well as a love for the theatre.
I really enjoyed the fact that although B could see the wires that helped Peter Pan fly, she still stared at him in wonder and got a bit of that Little Girl charm back. Her eyes sparkled and her mouth looked like she was sucking a lolly pop as her lips formed a perfect O.
If you are a fan of J.M Barrie you will know that he gave the rights of Peter Pan to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London to help raise funds for the hospital. With this in mind Canal Walk Shopping Centre , will donate proceeds from this production to the LEAP Science and Maths Schools initiative. This is in addition to the sum of R250 000 that will be donated by the Hyprop Foundation.
But there is more to this story ad to celebrate Madiba Day, Canal Walk Shopping Centre have request that people please bring a can/s of food and leave it at Toys R Us in Canal Walk. With the Rhodes Food Group (they do a lot of canned foods i.e. jams) who is also a sponsor for the day,, extra support for this worthy cause will be generated through the building of a giant mosaic made out of tins of food. You are invited to help transform the Food Court at Canal Walk Shopping Centre with the building of this mosaic artwork on 18 July 2017. Theatregoers and shoppers are also invited to donate-a-can to the cause, by dropping off one or more tins of food at the Toys R Us store in Canal Walk.
Make a date to escape to Neverland by booking tickets through: www.computicket.com or at the venue.
- Dates: Saturday, 1 July to Sunday, 23 July 2017
- Show times: Tuesday to Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm
- Venue: Canal Walk Theatre – Central Court
- Ticket price: R80 – Book at Computicket
- Based on the classic play by: J. M Barrie
- Music and lyrics by: Marcel Meyer
- Directed by: Fred Abrahamse