BWW Reviews: PETER PAN is Flying High at Valley Youth Theatre
Valley Youth Theatre rounds out its 25th Anniversary with a spirited and hugely entertaining production of Peter Pan. From the robust overture to the rousing finale, these young actors from six to sixteen give their energetic all in a Broadway-worthy show about the boy who never grows up.
No part in this show is too small a part, and every member of the cast (even Nana and the Crocodile) makes sure of that, delivering their performances with zest and charm. Whether it's Hannah Blaile's Peter or Payton Bioletto's Tiger Lily or Thea Eigo's Never Bird or the Lost Boys and the Pirates, there is certainty that future stars are on stage ~ exceptional young people who are destined to be exceptional adults, whether as leaders in the theater or in their chosen professions. VYT's history attests to this promise; its boards have felt the weight of and catapulted such luminaries as Emma Stone, Chelsea Kane, Jordin Sparks, and most recently Sam Primack, who returns to the current show as the genial Smee after a national tour as Pugsley in the Addams Family Musical.
To be the best that they can be! That's the message behind this show and all the shows that have preceded it, thanks to the vision and inspiration of Producing Artistic Director Bobb Cooper.
The spectacle is heightened thanks to the brilliantly crafted sets provided by Fullerton Civic Light Opera, the remarkable costume designs by Karol Cooper, the steady and first-rate musical direction of Mark Fearey, and the masterful choreography of Katie Casey.
Imagination takes wing with Peter and the Darling children in this fabulous adventure that will leave you smiling and inspired.
VYT's Peter Pan runs through June 29th at the Herberger Theater Center.