Broadway San Jose's PETER PAN Flies Into Town, Nov 20-25
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by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges
Dedicated to enhancing the theater-going experience, Hodges and Hodges act as your very own dramaturges, theatre critics and local tour guides so that you can fully immerse yourself in the show - even before you enter the actual theater. It's nothing you couldn't look up yourself - but why bother when they've already done the research for you? So, sit back and enjoy the trip and get ready for the full-on Never Never Land experience if Peter Pan!
Peter Pan is flying into San Jose for a November 20 - 25th flight at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Come watch Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby as she takes flight in an all new production of Peter Pan! Discover the magic all over again of this two time Emmy award winning and two time Tony award nominated production. Peter Pan is filled with timeless magical moments and a captivating hook. The legend you thought you knew, is now the adventure you never dreamed possible…
Thinking of the happiest things!
Peter Pan is the classic tale of the boy who never wanted to grow up and the amazing adventures he and his best friend Tinker Bell had together in a magical place called Neverland. Peter joins up with Wendy, John, and Michael in London and decides to take them on a journey that they will never forget. An exciting story filled with Indians, fairies, magic, treasure, deadly pirates, and a vengeful crocodile! Come and see how this tale unfolds and remember . . . think of the happiest things!
What to watch for from Linda
Peter Pan is all about the flying flips but without the stellar songs and the stars to sing them the show wouldn’t really "fly," would it? Watch for your heart strings to be pulled on Peter and Wendy’s sweetly rendered, “Never Never Land.” I have a place where dreams are born/And time is never planned/Just think of lovely things/And your heart will fly on wings/Forever in Never Never Land. It’s a lovely song and if done well, it will set the tone for the whole musical.
The other number to watch for is "Ugg-a-Wugg," which opens Act II. Look for the dancing to be top-notch and loaded with energy. Peter Pan is a multimillion dollar production. Watch for amazing sets and effects!
What to watch for from Nick
I am very excited to be seeing Cathy Rigby in this production. Peter Pan has always been my favorite Disney character because of the life that he has and his insistence on never growing up. It will be very exciting to see an older person play such an iconic, youthful role and I am intrigued to see if an older Cathy Rigby will be able to disappear into the part.
From both of us
This is definitely a show for the young and old. Every one of us has to grow up eventually, but going to see this show is a chance to experience magic again and to enjoy the child in you.
Get Ready for the show (or continue the fun afterward) with some fun Never Never Land Activities
Sky High Sports – http://www.jumpskyhigh.com/ - Whether you flip forward or flip backward, you will definitely flip out for Sky High Sports! You can free-bounce and do tricks all day and fly just like Peter, Wendy and Tinker bell! As long as you like to bounce (and fly), Sky High Sports is for you.
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo – http://www.hhpz.org/ - Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is a great place to take the whole family. Filled with wonderful animals, rides, and beautiful scenery, you will truly feel like you are in Neverland!
Alum Rock Park – http://www.sjparks.org/regional/alumrock.asp - Alum Rock Park is a great family outing where the whole family can have an adventure. The park includes thirteen miles of hiking trails, the Penitencia Creek which transects the entire park, the dazzling Mineral Springs area that contains active mineral springs and grottos, the Gazebo and the Log Cabin which was constructed in 1913.
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose – http://www.cdm.org/ - The Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose is a place for children to call their own, offering interactive exhibits and programs in a warm and inviting setting. In its unique environment, children actively make connections among ideas, people and cultures. Finally, as a center for creative play and expression, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose provides opportunities for all of us to discover the world through the eyes of our children. Peter Pan is all about expressing that child within and this is the perfect place to do it!
Hiller Aviation Museum – http://www.hiller.org/index.shtml - Peter Pan and his best friend Tinker Bell can do something that probably all of us have dreamt of – the ability to jump into the air and soar amongst the stars. The Hiller Aviation Institute is dedicated to that dream of flight – looking back into aviation’s history while exploring its future. Before you leave, you'll be transformed from visitor to explorer and who knows . . . you might catch a sight of Tinker Bell flying about looking for a new friend.
See you opening night!
Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN!