PETER PAN THE SHOW – Opens Sunday, May 9th, at Ferry Park

Fly with Peter, Tinkerbell and the Darling children over 400 square miles of virtual London and beyond!

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Sunday, May 9th, marks the U.S. premiere of a spectacular new stage production of J M Barrie’s beloved story, PETER PAN. The production flies into San Francisco landing in a state-of-the-art theatre tent erected especially for this production at Ferry Park on the Embarcadero, opposite the Ferry Building.  Peter Pan is the first major theatrical production to transfer to San Francisco directly from a successful London engagement. Conceived by an award-winning creative team and featuring 22 actors, stunning puppets, epic music, dazzling flying sequences and the world’s first 360-degree CGI theatre set, Peter Pan is a complete theatrical adventure. The cast features members of the original London production joined by local Bay Area actors making it a truly international company. This production introduces a new “Peter”, British actor Nate Fallows. The role of Peter Pan will mark Nate’s professional debut on stage. He trained at the Birmingham School of Acting and recently was honored with the 2009 Laurence Olivier Bursary Award.

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NATE FELLOWS – as “Peter Pan”

The entire interior is lit with over 15,000 square feet of Hi-Resolution video so that both cast and audience are immersed in a CGI Neverland. When Peter and Wendy fly to Neverland the audience flies with them over 400 square miles of virtual London and beyond. One of the most striking elements of this new production is of the setting in which it is presented, The threesixty° Theatre. The show is performed “in the round” in a 1350 seat theatre-tent, which will stand in Ferry Park on the Embarcadero opposite The Ferry Building.  This remarkable and beautiful structure was designed especially for the world premiere of this production in London’s Kensington Gardens last summer.

“Following the success we enjoyed in London, we were looking for the right place to premiere PETER PAN in the U.S. and San Francisco is a perfect fit,” explained show producers Charlie Burnell and Mat Churchill. “San Francisco has demonstrated that it is a great city to launch new and distinctive theatre projects. This production is faithful to Barrie’s original story, yet reconceived with cutting edge technology to enthrall a 21st Century audience.”

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Captain Hook hears, “tick-tick-tick”!

Peter Pan, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, was created by Scottish novelist and playwright 
J M Barrie. One night, Peter flies into the London nursery of the Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael, teaches them to fly and leads them to the magical Neverland, “second to the right and straight on till morning”, where they live with Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and meet the notorious Captain Hook. The tale of Peter Pan has been adapted many times including the Walt Disney animated film and a Broadway musical. However, it was not until this 2009 production, presented by threesixty° entertainment, that Peter Pan was performed in London’s Kensington Gardens, where Barrie was first inspired to create him and where the original statue of Peter Pan has stood since 1912. This 21st Century PETER PAN mixes history and magic in equal measure to present a Peter Pan story for adults and children alike.

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Itxaso Moreno – as “Tinkerbell”

Featured among the original London cast members are Abby Ford as “Wendy Darling”. Abby graduated from the Drama Centre and played Princess Anne in the film Lewis and The Queen. Abby’s theater credits include Les Dangereuses and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – both at the Theatre Royal, York – and she has been seen in many films including Harry Potter. Jonathan Hyde appears in the dual roles of “Captain Hook” and “Mr. Darling”. Jonathan is a familiar face to movie-goers, starring in such films such as Titanic, The Mummy and Jumanji. Mr. Hyde’s theatre credits include Ian McKellen’s King Lear, The Seagull and Romeo & Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company among many others. “Tinkerbell” comes from the Basque Country. Itxaso Moreno studied drama at Bilbao’s BAI. Her theatre credits include Up the Stairs and in the Attic, Dreamscape, Red and Horses, and Horses Running in All Directions.

The world’s first 360-degree CGI theatre tent is 100 ft high. The tent pavilion features 12 large-screen projectors delivering 15,000 square feet of seamless Hi-resolution video with 10 million pixels of video immersing both cast and audience in a CGI Neverland 400 square miles of virtual London – rendered in 4 weeks by 200 computers.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: PETER PAN

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.


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