Last night, I went to see the new "high-tech", threesixty experience of Peter Pan at the Orange County Performing Arts Center with high expectations of amazing digital feats and wonders of how live theater will change in our ever-evolving computerized world. While the show did not dissappoint with the amazing 360-degree video projections of London and Neverland, what I (and my family) remember most are the talents of the actors and actresses, puppeteers and dancers (both on stage and in the air!).
Next to "pop" out was Tinkerbell (played by Emily Yetter), who at times overshadowed Peter Pan, with her wild, sparkling (and I mean with actual lights!) hair and her crazy jealous antics toward Wendy. She was a free spirit and a breath of fresh air in a play full of planned lines and poses.
Speaking of underwater scenes, the mermaids, Rain Anya and Sarah Bebe Holmes of the aerial theatre company The Paper Doll Milita, were as captivating as sirens with their hypnotic "dancing". Oh and speaking of dancing, Tiger Lily's "appreciation" dance to Peter Pan was memorable as well, with a mix of modern dance and ballet moves.
The overall experience to Peter Pan was fun and enjoyable - as simple as that! And yet, there were so many aspects that made it enjoyable - dancing, singing, flying, digital sets, puppeteering, and aerial tricks to name a few - none of which would work, unless the acting could tie it all together. So all you die hard theatre fans, rest assured the digital world isn't destroying your world... yet?