Youngsters from Northumberland and North Tyneside are to appear in a professional musical at the Playhouse in Whitley Bay.
Two talented performers have beaten off strong competition from hundreds of local youngsters from across the North East, to secure coveted lead roles in the eagerly-awaited musical visiting The Playhouse, Whitley Bay. Both will appear when ABD’s professional production of Peter Pan flies in to The Playhouse from Wedndesday, August 5, to Friday, August 7.
The lead role of Michael Darling will be played by eight-year-old Zach Hardy, who attends Wallsend St Peter’s Primary School, while the lead role of John Darling will be played by Elliott Cox, 11, of North Shields, who attends Wellfield Middle School along with Lucas Jones, 12, from Morpeth.
Lewis Wenn, eight, also of North Shields, will play Tootles with Elliott Thomson, 10, from Holywell, while Ellie Messenger, 10, from Newbiggin, will appear as Tinkerbell. Callum Picton, 12, from Cramlington will play Slightly.
With more than 300 auditioning for a place in the production, all children are delighted to have secured roles and to be appearing alongside the touring ABD cast. The professional ABD Productions cast are working with three teams of local youngsters in the run-up to the performances.
Director and writer Anne Dalton said: “I wanted to give so many of your talented youngsters the opportunity of working with our company on this large-scale production. I don’t normally take so many into this production on tour, but I was so spoilt for choice at audition day, I couldn’t resist.”
Based on the much-loved classic by JM Barrie, the musical is a swashbuckling romp from start to finish, fast-paced and colourful with energetic fights and flying. Apart from Peter Pan, The Darlings, Captain Hook, his sidekick Smee, the pirate crew of the Jolly Roger, Indians and Lost Boys, there are some exciting episodes from Barrie’s original story introducing new friends.
The Neverbird, a nosey, know-it-all feathered friend, romps and gossips happily with the audience, leading them through the story. Dancing Planets and Spheres light the way across the sky, Water Sprites and Dragonflies inhabit the Mermaid Lagoon while the Friendly Flames help to rescue Peter.
Ticket information: Tickets are available from the box office, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, Saturday, 10.30am to 2.30pm, Call 0844 2481588. Or log onto www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk