Media Release – Spotlites – 29 November 2016
This December, Spotlites Youth Theatre presents the classic, magical story of‘Peter Pan’. From the brilliant JM Barrie, ‘Peter Pan’ is not to a show to be missed. Following the story of the vibrant, curious Peter Pan who loses his mischievous shadow on a trip to London and meets the imaginative Wendy Darling who helps him to reattach it, in return he gifts her with a trip to the beautiful Neverland where the jealous Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily and the unforgiving Captain Hook await.
Spotlites Youth theatre is overjoyed to present this dazzling show, to bring some magic into the Medway Christmas experience this year and with the company’s esteemed reputation, audiences will definitely not be disappointed. The production of ‘Peter Pan’ showcases over 40 Spotlites Youth members of all ages, including 16 year old Jamie from Strood, who played Jack in April’s production of ‘Into the Woods’, 10 year old Emma from Allington, Maidstone and 8 year old Abigail from Gillingham who is starring in her first ever Youth Theatre show!
Some of the cast members have shared their thoughts and feelings on their experiences of working on the production and shed light on why audiences should get booking their tickets:
“ Peter Pan has been one of the best experiences I’ve had in a show with Spotlites. The intricate story line makes a great piece of drama around Christmas time and the adaption and differences from the well known versions give the play a lot more grit so its almost an entirely new story” – Jamie, 15, from Strood (Peter)
“ Being in Peter Pan is completely different from what I have done before and I can work with different people and get to use a set of different skills including improvisation and leading a group of people which is a new and exciting experience for me. People should come and see it as the detailed storyline links all the characters together and the audience would enjoy working it out, it is also a brilliant show for all ages, so would be the perfect present for Christmas!” – Tegan, 14, from Chatham (Tiger Lily)
“ I really enjoy working with the cast of Peter Pan as I am meeting lots of new people and am getting the chance to spend lots of time with people of the same interests as me. Being part of the production is extremely enjoyable and I am happy to have the chance to perform with so many brilliant people” – Likezo, 15, from Sittingbourne (Panther)
“I really like being in the show because it is different to anything I have ever done before and I am learning so many new techniques and I get to spend lots of time and share the experience with my friends’ – Emma, 10, from Allington, Maidstone (Tinker Bell)
“ I am really excited to be in Peter Pan because I have my chance to be an understudy for Tinker Bell and I get to use lots of different skills to play my part as a fairy. I like being in the show because it brings my beliefs to life from when I was little and my nan and grandad had a fairy garden. I also get to spend time with my friends which is fun!” – Abigail, 8, from Gillingham (Fairy)
“The cast of Peter Pan are like a family and the connection between everyone is special and something you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. The atmosphere when we are performing together is spectacular. If I could describe Spotlites production of Peter Pan in one word it would be magical. Spotlites creates a family for us to feel welcomed and at home and being a part of Peter Pan has been one of the best experiences of my performing life and I cannot wait to share its magic with everyone in December” – Ellie, 17, from Upper Stoke (Native)
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of Peter Pan and once again I feel honoured to have the opportunity to work with a fantastic cast. The character exploration and fulfilling atmosphere of excitement which surround each rehearsal has to be my favorite thing about the production. From the caring yet mischievous lost boys, to the edgy pirates and intelligent natives, there is never a dull moment working in the magical fantasies of Neverland” – Elysia, 17, from Gillingham (Wendy)
“Working alongside different age groups whilst trying to find innovative ways of creating the magical spectacle that is Peter Pan has been a rewarding experience! What I have enjoyed most is making it the opposite to expectations of the story with the evil mermaids and mischievous fairies. I am looking forward to the upcoming performances and showing the hard work we’ve all put into it” – Lauryn, 17, from Chatham (Mrs Darling)
‘Peter Pan’ is a magical, layered story that dives into the beautiful world of Neverland to bring joy and wonder into everyone’s expedience this Christmas.
This media release written by Rachael, aged 17, member of Spotlites Youth Theatre
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