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I was wondering if any of y'all had seen Peter Pan staged as a ballet? I love the musical, especially with Cathy Rigby, but when our intstructor announced that's what we were doing for our performance at the end of this year, I wasn't sure.

 

I'm looking forward to it, and of course all of us the more advanced girls are already vying for parts (Peter is already decided on however). I don't know what I will get to do, as I am taking less classes than most of the girls in my level are.

 

In any case, have you seen this/heard of it (if it exists) and what was it like?

 

Thanks!!

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Victoria Leigh

I have seen the version choreographed by Septime Webre, for the Washington Ballet. It is most delightful, and a lot of fun to watch and to dance. The flying is wonderful!

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Cincinnati Ballet did this last year. Sorry I don't know who the choreographer was. It was a very fun ballet. Humorous and light, and there were LOTS of little boys in the audience and dancing around at intermission.

 

It had some very funny character parts. I hope you enjoy it.

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Cincinnati Ballet's version was choreographed by Victoria Morgan, their artistic director. (She's got a flair for story ballets. She's also done a great Cinderella and this weekend the company is putting on her "Midsummer Night's Dream.")

 

For Cinti Ballet's Peter Pan, the music was composed by Carmen deLeone, the ballet's orchestral conductor. It is such fun music!

 

Have fun with your production!!

 

msd

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MDS I should have known all that of course because DD had to do a report on it for dance and I probably proofread at least two drafts. I guess I am not too attentive to the content when proofing.

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Ballet Oklahoma did this ballet a couple of years ago. It was marvelous! My daughter was one of a handful of students who got to be in the production as Lost Boys. The highlight for her was sliding down the 2-story slide out of the treehouse. :grinning: The flying was amazing! They hired a company from Las Vegas that does nothing but fly folks in theater productions.

 

It was a wonderful time! I'm sitting here looking at a picture we have framed of her with the other lost boys, with green hair and crazy, rag tag clothes. I would venture a guess that this will be a favorite ballet for the dancers! :D

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Guest arabento

The local professional company did this a few years ago. It was the first ballet besides The Nutcracker that my DS had seen and once he got past the fact that they didn't talk he enjoyed it very much. It is a very funny ballet, lots of parts for boys (or girls dressed as boys), pirates, flying, etc. The crocodile and Nana the dog are especially funny to watch. You should have fun doing it and because it is a story the audience understands you will get laughs at the appropriate times.

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Thanks, all of you! It sounds great. My teacher will be putting it together and so it won't be like a company ballet (we don't have a large school) but I think it will be great. Some of the teen girls are looking forward to it especially--we are getting guys from a local high school to be extra pirates. :(

 

And flying is probably not what we'll be doing...I suppose lots of leaps will suffice!

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pattypirouette

One of the most amazing ballets I have ever seen was the Houston Ballet's Peter Pan. It was an absolutely magical evening and my one regret was seeing the last performance and not being able to go back the next day to see it again.

If and when they do it again - I recommend that you get to wherever they are to see it.

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Sir J.M. Barrie's dramatic structure of A-B-A and dénouement is ideal for a ballet story-telling format. (Real World-Fantasy World-Real World, then tie off all the loose ends)

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DancinPrincess
My friend had an idea for Peter Pan as a ballet - she said that all the 4yr olds that went to our school could be the magic dust!

 

Very cute idea. I acted in Peter Pan as a child...which it could have been a ballet :)

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DancingDoodles

I believe Atlanta Ballet has performed Peter Pan, although I have never seen it. My local studio company also did it a few years back, and it was lots of fun even without flying!

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I believe Atlanta Ballet has performed Peter Pan, although I have never seen it. My local studio company also did it a few years back, and it was lots of fun even without flying!

 

Grand Rapids Ballet just performed Peter Pan at the Detroit Opera House on March 1st. Choreography by Gordon Peirce Schmidt, Artistic Director of the company. The music was an array of pieces which according to the program were chosen by the AD following the rule "whatever I felt would fit the scene musically." So he had a divertissement from Jacques Ibert, William Tell Overture, and the Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah. The ballet was performed in two acts. It was an enjoyable performance. :o

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