Peter Pan Jr promises a swashbuckling school holiday adventure


Lily-Rose Parker as Peter Pan and Joshua Harrison as Captain Hook duel onstage during a dress rehearsal.

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Lily-Rose Parker as Peter Pan and Joshua Harrison as Captain Hook duel onstage during a dress rehearsal.

The school holidays are set to be sprinkled with magic as the Manawatū Youth Theatre prepares to take audiences on the buccaneering adventure of a lifetime with their production Peter Pan Jr.

Peter Pan actress Lily-Rose Parker said audiences could expect to be taken on the ultimate adventure, with the cast and crew drawing people into a suspenseful journey through Neverland.

“There is constant excitement and surprises keeping the audience in awe, with lots of wow factors.”

Pan and his nefarious fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, pay a late-night visit to the Darling children’s nursery and, with a sprinkling of pixie dust, embark on a magnificent voyage through the stars that none of them will forget.

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The travellers battle a ticking crocodile, the ferocious Brave Girls, a bunch of bungling pirates and, of course, the wicked Captain Hook during this action-packed escapade.

Parker said the most fascinating part of preparing for his role had been getting into a macho mindset to portray the male part.

“It’s been an interesting experience having to think about male characteristics as a female, such as a male stance and male mannerisms.

“I do like to have fun with this role, because playing Peter is kinda like transforming into a 10-year-old again.”

The cast of Peter Pan Jr during perfect their act on stage at the Globe Theatre.

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The cast of Peter Pan Jr during perfect their act on stage at the Globe Theatre.

Josh Harrison plays swashbuckling chief pirate Hook, and said the show was full of energetic performances, comedy and fun.

Harrison, who attended Kiwi All-Stars in America, said playing Hook appealed to him because he wanted to challenge himself in a diverse role.

“Over the years I have learnt a lot of great drama techniques and skills, and new ways to show characterisation and how to become the character I’m acting.

“It’s really awesome to be able to bring these skills into the show.”

Ella Daynes as Wendy and Lily-Rose Parker as Peter Pan shine under the stage lights.

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Ella Daynes as Wendy and Lily-Rose Parker as Peter Pan shine under the stage lights.

Ella Daynes plays Wendy and said something about the character drew her in.

She said Wendy was a storyteller caught between being a child and an adult, and she could relate to that as a teenager.

Daynes said if she had not landed the role of Wendy, she would have loved to have been a pirate.

“Because they have fun dances, songs and get to have sword fights. The whole show is a magical experience.”

Peter Pan Jr will run over 13 shows throughout the school holidays from Wednesday, July 13 at the Globe Theatre and is suitable for all ages.

Tickets are available on the Globe website.



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