Peter Pan Review

Peter Pan Review

Saturday night, March 12th, minutes before the 7:00 showing of Peter Pan, the lobby of the Paramount was teeming with excitement. Parents, grandparents, teachers, students, even members of the community not associated with Prep all gathered to watch the new musical put on by the school. Eventually, everyone shuffled inside to watch the musical, prepared to be shown the much-talked-about Peter Pan.

Everyone was amazed. The familiar story of Peter Pan portrayed by the students of SJP did not feel like a re-run.  The set was cleverly used to tell a tale of the three Darling children and their newfound friend Peter Pan.  The acting was impressive, from Graci Austin-Nichols’s performance as Wendy to Sam Rogers’s representation of Captain Hook and Mr. Darling.  There were times when the “PG” rating of the musical was questionable (specifically Captain Hook’s intent to bomb the ship and the lost boys’ chant to never question Peter), but the eager clapping of the eight-year-old beside me when asked if he believed in fairies dispersed most of these doubts.

Overall, the hard work put in by the cast, crew, directors, and orchestra paid off.  Peter Pan, Broadway’s timeless musical, was a success.