For the last 50 years, The Fort Collins Children’s Theater has been providing theater for all ages, and sharing the magic of live performance with kids. They run summer workshops each year to get children involved to show them what goes into a theater production, and also have a traveling troupe that performs theater at local schools. It is a wonderful non-profit organization, providing local kids with a positive creative outlet and exposure to the arts.
Each fall, the Fort Collins Children’s Theater puts on a show, and this year they have chosen Peter Pan! The show is geared towards children, and ticket prices are very affordable, just $10-12! The cast is a mix of kids and adults, and it is obvious that they each love performing. There is a pit orchestra performing live music, which I am lucky enough to be playing cello in. I played in Cinderella last year, and it was a wonderful experience. The kids really love the shows and are so enthusiastic! That was my first involvement in live theater, and I had no idea the amount of planning, preparation, and hundreds-thousands of hours of work and dedication it takes to put on a production like this. The power of live theater is so unique, and I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for those that invest their time and energy into creating it.
I have been watching rehearsals of Peter Pan from under the stage for the last couple days, and between the wonderful actors, the flying characters, and the classic story of Peter Pan, this is going to be a magical show. I was honestly close to tears in rehearsal during Tinker Bell’s death scene! Hook and Smee steal the show with their grandiose acting and verbose bickering, and Hook is so endearingly hatable, you can’t help but boo him and love him at the same time. I think the audience will really connect with the actors and be pulled into the fantastic world of Never Land.
The show runs this weekend:
Friday Nov. 16th – 10:00am (schools only showing) & 7:00pm
Saturday Nov. 17th – 2pm & 7pm
Sunday Nov. 18th – 2pm
Tickets are $10-12 and you can order them online at the Lincoln Center site. Although the show is more geared towards kids, theater lovers of all ages will enjoy the production. Since I’ll be busy down in the pit orchestra, I can’t write a review from the perspective of an audience member. So, if you all would please write in and share your experience, I would be so grateful! (You can post in the comment section below) I hope you enjoy the show!