Peter Panto or One Flew Over the Second Star on the Right

adapted and directed by Kate Stones

26 June to 12 July 2020

About the Production

This is the story of Peter Pan told in the form of a traditional Pantomime. Which means a Dame in drag, plus lots of audience participation, local references and slapstick humour. A traditional aspect of Panto is that characters from different stories can show up. We’ll be drawing on One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest to source our Dame (guess who!), and find other places to weave in themes from the iconic movie/novel. JM Barrie will no doubt turn in his grave! We will also interrogate outdated aspects of the story, the ‘Redskins’ will be a local footy team, the Pirates will be female, and Wendy will be a child prodigy animal psychologist. Our story begins in the youth psych ward of Castlemaine Hospital…oh yes and there will be a few songs.

 

Characters and casting

Peter (can be played by a male or female), Wendy, John, Michael and the Lost Boys will hopefully be played by young people aged 14-30. Or those who can play ‘young’

There are 6 Lost Boys

Instead of ‘Redskins’ we will have Castlemaine’s Magpies footy team, with Tiger Lily their captain. Can be male or female. Minimum 3. Any gender. As much diversity as possible amongst them.

Captain Hook is the leader of the Pirates. Mature female, tallish

Other main pirates include Smee and Starkey (all female, any age)

Tinkerbell – A sassy man in a sharp suit

Nana – a therapy dog (think Wilfred)

Crocodile

Nurse Ratched (our Dame) – male actor, large stature. Should be played butch rather than overly camp

Chief Bromden (Asian man)

Mermaids

 

We are looking for an ensemble of about 15 with some doubling up

 

Production week and performance dates (you must be available for all these dates):

Tech run: Sat 20 June 2020

Dress: Sun 21 June

Dress: Tues 23 June/Thurs 25 June

Opening night: Fri 26 June

Evening perf: Sat 27 June

Mat perf: Sun 28 June

Evening perfs: Fri 3/Sat 4 /Mat Sun 5 June

Final weekend: Fri 1o/Sat 11/Mat Sun 12 June

 

Rehearsal days:

Monday and Thursday evenings, 7-10pm beginning Thursday

plus additional Sundays as required (approx. 3)