Escape to Neverland this weekend with the Winchester Players

Published 9:00 am Friday, August 4, 2017

Audiences will have three chances to run away with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy and the rest to Neverland with the Winchester Players.

The theater group is presenting “Peter Pan” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Campbell Junior High School.

Winchester Players Director Kelly Estes said the cast has been working on the play since auditions wrapped in May.

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“It will really be a fun show for people who enjoyed the Peter Pan movies and the story of Neverland,” she said. “It’s the Broadway version. It has all the songs people remember from the TV version and the others.”

The story, written by Scottish poet J.M. Barrie, tells of Peter Pan, a boy who never grows up and lives in Neverland with the Lost Boys. On a visit to the real world, he brings Wendy and her two brothers back to Neverland to defeat Captain Hook.

In this production, a cast of 35 brings the story to life with Chandler Murray playing Peter Pan and Stephen Skaggs portraying Hook, she said. The case includes several generations and even families.

“We have a couple of parents and their children in the show,” Estes said. “It’s very much a group effort and a family effort. One of the things I liked about this show it watching families in the production bond together.”

The Players will also have a character breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 and will allow children to meet the characters and get autographs, Estes said.

Tickets for the play are available at the door for $12 for adults or $8 for ages 13 and younger.

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