Return to Neverland with Ballet Philippines this Christmas! Experience anew Sir J.M. Barrie’s immortal story of the boy who would not grow up through stunning choreography by Edna Vida Froilan. With pixie dust from renowned aerialists Flying by Foy, see Peter Pan flying with the Darling children: Wendy, John, and Michael, and meet Captain Hook, Smee, Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys, and the other denizens of Neverland in this exuberant holiday production.
Jean Marc Cordero, Cyril Aran Fallar, and Victor Maguad alternate in the title role, opposite Rita Angela Winder, Jemima Reyes, and Monica Amanda Gana as Wendy. This year marks the 32nd anniversary and sixth staging of Edna Vida Froilan’s Peter Pan, which premiered in December 1983. Notable dancers who have played Peter Pan in the past include Edward Malagkit, Ramon Victoria, Conrad Dy-Liacco, Elmer Domdom, Dwight Rodrigazo, Ardee Dionisio, Clark Rambuyon, Philip Rocamora, and two females: Grethel Domingo and Christine Crame.
Inspired by the 1954 Broadway Production, the choreography in Edna Vida Froilan’s Peter Pan is highly influenced by the musical theater genre. Highlights include the tap-dancing crocodile, the energetic Lost Boys featuring scholars of Ballet Philippines Dance School, the purely classical Mermaids, and of course, the glorious flying sequences with Peter, the Darling children, and Tinkerbell.
In a Facebook post entitled “Be a Child Again with Peter Pan!”, Edna Vida Froilan wrote, “We all grow up and learn to follow rules. But sometimes, between our sleeping and waking hours, we should stop worrying about going to school, getting a job, supporting a family, or thinking about retirement. Let’s chase our shadows and have Wendy sew it back, have Tinkerbell throw fairy dust on our problems. Let’s join the Lost Boys in their cavern, the Indians in the woods, the Mermaids in their lagoon, and Pirates on their ship. Let’s not care about the real world, and be with Peter at the CCP. Forget about being adults, the Internet, traffic, disasters, and politics. For two brief hours, let’s be children again with our children and grandchildren.”
The production is restaged by Ramon Victoria and Edana Mae Labitoria under the artistic direction of Paul Alexander Morales. Sets and costumes were designed by Salvador Bernal, lighting design by John Batalla, and musical research by Rudy Vidad.
Peter Pan runs at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) from December 4-13, 2015.