Southern Methodist University Student Theatre (SMUST) is raising funds for an innovative production of J.M. Barrie's classic, Peter Pan. SMUST is a student-run nonprofit group formed by current SMU theatre majors to explore and create works of theatre in an educational environment. The goal of SMUST is to challenge students to work with their gifted peers and tackle all aspects of theatrical production from design and directing to acting and production management in order to test their skills acquired during their years of study at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts Division of Theatre.
This is not the musical Peter Pan, but the origional straight play that many Americans have never seen. This ain't your mama's Peter Pan! There will be no high-flying whizz-bang liability-stricken fiasco in this play! Our production is inspired by the imagination and playfulness that lives inside every human being. The theatre magic we will use will reflect that. Exposed ropes and pulleys will raise elements of our set to create new play areas for our actors to work in. The costumes are all mismatched and have the feel of being pulled fresh from a child’s costume box. And the set is nothing more than some found household elements like hanging star-shaped lanterns, christmas lights, a couch (which will be put on wheels to be used for a very exciting pirate ship!) and some moving walls. Rather than flying our actors using harnesses and rigging, we wish to express the flight of the soul through Limon modern dance techniques. Donations will go to funding the acquisition of materials to make these visuals a reality.
Our goal in this production is to take the audience on a delightful and energetic journey back to their childhood to remember the ease of playing make-believe so that we can imagine and create a bright future ahead. Through music, dance, classic forms of storytelling and a little stage magic, we hope to draw a little Peter Pan out of everyone. Peter says, “to die will be an awfully big adventure”, Sir Barrie wrote in the margins that, “to live is a much bigger one”, we, the cast and crew of Peter Pan, believe that to CREATE will be an awfully big adventure. So we hope to see you at our production of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, and we hope that if you cannot join us for the show, you still take the opportunity to help us make magic happen.
Join us the last weekend in November to see a group of students stretch their imaginations, their artistic abilities and a budget!
Peter Pan will be showing in the Margo Jones Theatre at Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas November 30-December 3
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