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Peter Pan production to be held at Coastal

February 13, 2002

Peter Pan, Theatreworks/USA's new production about the boy who refused to grow up, will be performed at Coastal Carolina University on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium. Tickets are $10; free for students under the age of 18.

This production is based on John Caird and Trevor Nunn's adaptation of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, which they developed for London's Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982. In the spirit of J.M. Barrie's original tale, director David Schechter has chosen to tell the story through the eyes of seven children who are living in Edwardian England (circa 1910). After looking through their favorite books, they chose the story of Peter Pan for that evening's play-acting, and the adventure begins as the storyteller starts reading. Using whatever they can find in the attic to enhance their wardrobe of nightshirts and dressing gowns, the children are transformed into the classic characters of Peter Pan.

The production is being sponsored by Carolina Southern Railroad and Creel Oil Companies.

Theatreworks/USA, founded in 1961, is America's foremost professional theater for young and family audiences. Its goal is to create imaginative and sophisticated shows that are educational, entertaining and thought-provoking. The group has helped to launch the careers of actors such as Henry Winkler, Judy Kuhn, and Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, as well as four-time Tony Award winning director Jerry Zaks. Theatreworks has performed for approximately 59 million people in 49 states, with an annual audience of four million.

Recent Theaterworks/USA production held at Coastal include Charlotte's Web and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

For more information, contact the Wheelwright Box Office at 349-2502.