WILSON, N.C. — “All you need is faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust.” Let Theatre at Barton and The Playhouse of Wilson take you away to Neverland, for a special co-production of “Peter Pan.” This classic of 20th century musical theatre opens to the public on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the Edna E. Boykin Cultural Center on Nash Street in historic downtown Wilson. Evening performances continue through Saturday, Nov. 14, and resume on Thursday, Nov. 19 through Saturday, Nov. 21. An afternoon matinee will be held on Sunday, Nov. 15, beginning at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $12 and are available at the door, or may be reserved in advance at the Arts Council of Wilson or by calling (252) 291-4329. For additional information, please contact Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at Barton College, at (252) 399-6484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“‘Peter Pan’ may at first glance seem an unusual fit for Barton,” admitted Twiss. “After all, it is distinctly absent from the cannon of contemporary collegiate theatre. Upon closer inspection, however, we find that it dovetails wonderfully with the artistic goals and instructional missions of both our collegiate program, and that of our well-established community theatre partner, The Playhouse of Wilson. This collaboration provides excellent opportunities, experience, and entertainment for our students and members of our community.”
Barton’s resident artist-in-musical theatre, Sherry Lee Allen, takes the helm as director and choreographer, assisted by Trish Bradshaw, owner of Studio B in Wilson, with musical direction by Mark N. Peterson, director of music at Barton. Allison Dellinger is stage manager. Chris Bernier is both scenic and lighting designer, with Jane Cookson designing costumes, and Michael Johnson designing hair and makeup. Hampton Short is sound designer, and Brittany Argall and Twiss share the properties design. Wilson and Barton’s own Jess Jones has taken on the fight choreography and captains the flight team, and many new faces will be seen on the Boykin stage, including Barton freshman Ashlee Keefe as Peter, and Broadway veteran actor Dirk Lumbard as the legendary villain, Captain Hook.
Over the past seven years, Theatre at Barton has undertaken no fewer than two collaborative projects each season. These productions have been held on campus, in downtown Wilson, Rocky Mount, and Raleigh, and have included classical, contemporary, dramas, musicals, and original works.
“The challenges have been many,” continued Twiss, “but the results have been astonishing, and both our students and our community are the better for it. Thank you for your continued support of the arts in downtown Wilson!”
“Peter Pan” is presented with support of the Arts Council of Wilson.