REDDING, Conn. – Joel Barlow High School’s 2013 winter show, “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up,” presents the classic story through a new lens, setting it in war torn Saravejo.
“We’re doing the same play, but viewed through a sort of different lens,” explained Thomas Ordway, a Barlow senior who plays the title role and is directing the play with Redding resident and veteran TV actress Diana Canova, best known for her starring role in the long-running 1970s TV comedy "Soap."
“We’re taking this show that’s normally a kid’s show and setting it in this really visceral and volatile time in world history to synthesize relevant new meaning from the same words. It’s about fantasy and survival, but most importantly it’s about kids trying to rationalize the idea of war,” Thomas said.
“We have now brought that interpretation to the cast and crew and the strategy is evolving at each rehearsal. It is so exciting to watch it all come together,” said Canova.
The production will include music and a solo cellist.
The show runs for two performances, at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15, at the Joel Barlow High School Auditorium, 100 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding. Tickets are $10, available at the door.