The Milwaukee Ballet will perform Michael Pink’s Peter Pan Thursday May 10 through Sunday, May 13.
Peter Pan took five years to create through the collaboration of a renowned production team, resulting in an interactive adventure for the audience.
“When Peter Pan made its world premiere in 2010, it captivated audiences young and old,” said Michael Pink, Milwaukee Ballet artistic director. “The extremely high production values, original live music, audience interaction, and world-class dancing make this production one people are already clamoring to see again.”
Since the 2010 premiere, Michael Pink’s Peter Pan has grown in popularity regionally and nationally. The production was staged by Colorado Ballet in February of this year.
Peter Pan includes unique revolving scenery, taking audiences inside the Lost Boys’ cabin, on the deck of Hook’s pirate ship, and into the nursery. A national flying company, ZFX, works with Milwaukee Ballet on technical aspects of actually making Peter and friends fly above the stage. Additional theatrics include an enormous walking crocodile and a self-illuminated Tinkerbell. Children in the audience will receive hand-held lights so they can help charm Tinkerbell back to life.
A full-length original musical score was composed for the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra by internationally acclaimed English composer Philip Feeney. Emmy Award winner David Grill, who has also worked on many of the Super Bowl half-time shows and Olympic ceremonies, created the magical lighting design. Lavish costumes were created by Judanna Lynn, with stage design by Rick Graham from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
In addition to the Company, Milwaukee Ballet II dancers, 14 students from Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy and the Milwaukee Children’s Choir are included in the production.
Peter Pan will be performed at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee. The production is about two-and-a-half hours long (including two 20-minute intermissions) and is best enjoyed by children ages 4 and up or those that can quietly enjoy a full-length movie. Tickets range from $28.50-$96. For additional information or to order tickets, call (414) 902-2103 or visit www.milwaukeeballet.org.