Puppets, Muppets and Peter Pan!

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TBB: Also, tell me what went into putting together this version of one of my favorites (and my kids’) stories every, Peter Pan.

Amy: This story is one of my favorites from my childhood, and when Michael Haverty was asked to develop an adaptation in 2012 for the Center, I was thrilled!  I was even more thrilled when, three years later, I was asked to direct the remount.  Michael really used the text from the original play/book from J.M. Barrie, but he put a modern day spin on it.  Wendy, for example, is an aspiring inventor who longs to fly.  It was also very important to keep the classic characters recognizable, too. Tinkerbell, Peter Pan, and Hook definitely possess the essence of the original characters, but with small updates to their dialogue to keep a modern audience enthralled.
 There was a lot of research on what type of puppetry should be used, as well.  Marionettes, shadow puppets, rod puppets, these all were discussed.  Finally, the idea of a backlight rod puppet show came into being.  It would be the best way to not only have the characters perform on the ground, but have them fly as well.  Video came next.  How to have the characters fly through London, why project video on a scrim in front of them, of course!  Our genius puppet shop, scene shop, and tech crew made it possible to fly, to float, and to go into an underground hideout.  Also, the most important of all, to journey to Neverland!

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