It's time for the 2012-13 Growing Stage season to take flight.
"Peter Pan–the Musical" will be the first show by The Children's Theatre of New Jersey, located at the Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong. Shows start Friday and run through Oct. 14.
The production is under the direction of Stephen L. Fredericks, the Growing Stage’s executive director, with musical direction by Laura Petrie and choreography by Jillian Petrie.
Peter Pan, like its namesake, is a tale which never ages. Children and adults alike have all fallen under the spell of Neverland, a place where children can fly and exciting, frightening adventures happen every day. In 1985 Piers Chater Robinson adapted J.M. Barrie's book for the stage, and now, over 25 years later, his innovative Peter Pan musical score is well known and loved.
The ever-popular characters are still there–Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, the dastardly Captain Hook and his sidekick Smee, Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys, pirates, Neverland Indians, and Tinker Bell.
Running through Oct. 14, performances will be held on Fridays at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. Featured in the cast of 27 are Emily Cara Portune in the title role as Peter Pan, Jeremy William Hilgert as Mr. Darling/Captain Hook, Danny Campos as Smee, and Lori Lawrence as Mrs. Darling/Tiger Lily.