IT helps if you believe in fairies, and if, like Peter Pan, you want to stay forever young.
The Mellow Dramatics are doing a marvellous job this week at Burton’s Brewhouse arts centre presenting Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure.
The music is by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe and book by Willis Hall. It is based on JM Barrie’s famous play, with permission from Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, which has benefited enormously over the years from the original.
Kyle Lamley as the irrepressible Peter and Lucy Boyle as Wendy Darling head a large and talented cast, with Edward Moore’s splendid voice conjuring up all the evil menace of the sinister Captain Hook.
Ashley Lamley is Hook’s loyal henchman Smee, and Catherine Adams will dance her way into your heart as fairy Tinkerbell.
Peter teaches Wendy and her brothers to fly from their home in Bloomsbury to Neverland where he is leader of the Lost Boys, friend of the Indian braves and sworn enemy of Captain Hook and his pirates. Excellent singing by these three groups make this a wonderful show.
Wendy is persuaded to act as mother to the Lost Boys and she in convincingly lovingly dominant as she makes them swallow their daily medicine and go to bed on time.
Singing narrator Anita Nathan is kept busy making sure we don’t lose the plot and has a surprise for us in the final scenes.
The show continues until Saturday (box office 01283 508100).
The programme carries a message to Burton theatregoers from Mellows’ president Su Pollard, who appeared this panto season at Theatre Royal, Nottingham as Mimi the Magical Mermaid in another version of Peter Pan.