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The Mommy Snippets team was invited to experience Peter Pan 360 as guests. Becky M from Kid World Citizen kindly agreed to attend on our behalf as we were unable to do so. All opinions on the show are her own and have not been influenced.
“But, Peter, how do we get to Never Land?
Fly, of course!
And fly they do! 40 feet in the air to be exact, over the circular, panoramic theatre and “London skyline.” I recently was invited to a behind the scenes look at the fabulous new show Peter Pan 360 Tour: what a treat! A combination of aerial and circus stunts, sword fights, and the songs we all know, you’ve never seen Peter Pan like this before!
Peter Pan 360
Peter Pan 360 is publicized as a one of a kind, “immersive theatrical experience,” and there truly isn’t a bad seat in the house. The 100 foot high tent is lined by a circular, 360 degree screen where everyone can see the computer-generated projections. At the center of the tent, the platform effortlessly changes scenes from the Darling family nursery in London to the fantasy island of Neverland. Everyone feels as if they’re in the front row as the characters move about the stage and play to all angles.
Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan is directed in the Threesixty Theatre by award-winning director, Thom Southerland and designed by seven time Olivier Award winner, William Dudley. The audience was packed with couples, families, kids- truly appealing to all ages.
The highlight for me was when Peter, Tink, Wendy, John, and Michael take off above us; choreographed with the screens and lighting, you can feel excitement rumble through the audience. Other incredible moments include the Chinese pole acrobatics and the mermaid aerial modern dances. The actors are not only actors on a stage, but phenomenally strong and talented acrobat artists with agility feats that rival any cirque show.
Peter Pan 360 first came to the U.S. in 2010 in San Francisco and has now played in Atlanta, Chicago and Boston. Here in Houston, the Threesixty Theatre is set up in the parking lot of the Houston Chronicle building at 4747 U.S. 59 S. It will play here until until October 4th, and then will be moving on to Dallas and other U.S. cities.