Wendy & Peter Pan | Behind the Flying | Stratford Festival 2020
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Wendy & Peter Pan | Behind the Flying | Stratford Festival 2020

February 14, 2020

(gentle music) – Peter Pan was one of the 1st shows that I ever saw as a kid. I wanted to show my son the movie, but it hasn’t grown up with me. This adaptation has. It’s a really beautiful adaptation. She’s found a way to take these classic tropes that apply
to everybody and frame them within the same story, but just with a, a bit of a fresh and contemporary eyes. – I would say that there
are a few key differences, but one that’s really interesting to me is the fact that it’s
called Wendy and Peter Pan. This is Wendy’s story. – I think this is a Wendy
that we’ve never seen before. I think there’s a beautiful
commentary on how girls are forced to grow up
and learn things and have an expectation of maturity
that the boys don’t often have. Even like when we were starting
to play with the bubble ball in the workshop, and I
was working on my script a little bit, and I
looked up and all the boys were playing with the ball
and running around the room. And so I closed my book
and I got up and I played with the boys. ‘Cause like no, I’m not
gonna work right now, I’m gonna play bubble ball with the boys. (laughs) – The flying in this show
is actually quite different than the flying in the Broadway production and it’s conceit when
people fly, how people fly, what that magic is. And I think wanting to
fly is one of the things that kids, every kid wants to fly, right? There’s a thrill in it,
there’s an excitement. And I thought well, if we
can find a way to do that, and animate that in a way that’s not just to traditional cable flying in a show, then we’ve got something. I knew of the work of Allen Kaeja, which is basically
propelling people into space. (laughs) In a form of contact dance,
we’re using it as a foundation for all of the lost boys
playing, for the pirate fighting, and then the extension of
that is into the flying. – It is the most challenging
and exciting process I’ve ever been a part of. There’s always a sense of
play and ability to improvise a little bit within the structure. – For me, a play is play. (laughs) The hope is that everyone
leaves the theater and they just wanna play more. And they wanna play hard,
and they wanna play for real. – There kind of a joy
in just getting attached to the characters and in
characters that we think we know, but then watch them, watch
actually how big they can be, and how marvelous and
impressive and surprising. I don’t think that these characters have ever been so surprising. – When I bring my kids to the theater now, it’s such important time that the memories that you’re building as a family, the for your kids to see
you enjoying the story as much as they are in
a totally different way. But that you’re actually enjoying it. And that’s what this play has. And I think like the
experience of kids watching it will be totally different
than the experience of adults watching the exact same thing. But I think they’ll love
it in all different ways and then the fact that
you share that together will create memories that you know, they last a lifetime into your mind. (classical music)

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