FOUR Aussie kids will star alongside well-known performer Todd McKenney in the production of The Adventures of Peter Pan & Tinker Bell in Return to Pantoland, flying into town this July.
The story of Peter Pan, the flying boy who never grows up, has been told many times in movies, books, plays and now it will be told through musical pantomime on Australian soil.
VCE student Samuel Richardson, 17, from the Victorian town of Gisborne will be playing Tootles, one of the four lost boys who are friends with Peter Pan.
This will be his first professional role in a musical production and he said he was really looking forward to using his nine years of hip hop dance training.
“The lost boys are going to be a bit of a dance crew, a bit of a breakdancing* crew who get up to a lot of mischief*,” he said.
“It’s going to be a whole lot of fun and I have heard whispers that there might even be some flying.”
Samuel will perform with McKenney who will play the fearsome* Captain Hook.
McKenney is a seasoned performer best known for his role as singer Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz musical and as a judge on TV show Dancing with the Stars.
Hi5’s Tim Maddren will play Peter Pan and Jaime Hadwen will pop on some wings and transform into Tinker Bell.
Productions have previously been staged in the UK and US by producer Bonnie Lythgoe but the show has never been in Melbourne before.
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breakdancing: an energetic and acrobatic dance style
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Activity 1. Retelling a classic
Have you heard the story of Peter Pan before? Perhaps you have read the book, had the story told to you by a family member or watched a movie based on this classic tale.
Retell the story of Peter Pan in your own words.
If you do not know the story don’t worry, there is some information about the plot and characters in the news article – use these to make up your own version.
On a piece of paper, design a theatre ticket for this musical. It should show the name of the production, the venue, date and time, as well as any other information you think is relevant.
Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English
Activity 2. Set design
The elaborate sets for the production are on their way to Australia from the UK. Use a box with two of the sides cut out and craft materials to create a miniature model of what you think one of the sets might look like.
Find or make some figures to be the characters and use them and your miniature set to act out a scene.
Time: allow 60 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Visual Art, Drama
(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)
Nouns, verbs and adjectives
How many of each can you find within the article?
Create a list in your book.
Replace every noun, verb or adjective you find with one of your choosing.
Noun: person, place or thing
Verb: doing/action word
Adjective: describing word
Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP
Activity provided by Andrell Education, www.andrelleducation.com.au