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Media Theatre Presents New Modern PETER PAN AND WENDY Musical

There are a few versions of Peter Pan's story that are cultural icons beyond J. M. Barrie's original story: Disney's cartoon version, Spielberg's film version, and the musical from the '50's which Cathy Rigby re-ignited.

The Media Theatre will add a fresh, modern interpretation of the Peter Pan saga in running each weekend through the end of February, and geared to audiences ages 5 and up, "Peter Pan And Wendy: A New Musical" is written by Kate Herzlin with a score by Ben Kapilow.

West Chester's Gunar Daniels, who is one of two 13 year old boys from the region that took on the role of "Billy Elliot" recently at The Media Theatre, will portray Peter Pan. His Peter Pan will highlight his acrobatic and dance skills.

Mary Kate Vink, who has been a student at the theatre for seven years, will have her first lead role as Wendy. She is 11 years old.

Kapilow was the music director for Camp Media Theatre this past summer. He became even more connected with the theatre and many of the families who participate in its educational programming as the accompanist for the 2015 "Vocalist" contests. Upon learning that the theatre was seeking a new musical for children and families, Kapilow suggested "Peter Pan And Wendy" which he and his writing partner Herzlin had been working on.

"We are very excited to have the world premiere of our new show at such an acclaimed professional theatre," Kapilow said. The show plays January 23 to February 28 Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon.

"The educational component of The Media Theatre is a main ingredient to what we do," said the theatre's Artistic Director Jesse Cline. "As with all of our Children's Series shows, "Peter Pan And Wendy" will combine professional actors on stage with those who are from our New School and other classes. It's somewhat of an extra-curricular activity as young actors must be enrolled in our classes in order to be cast."

"Peter Pan And Wendy: A New Musical" takes place in 2016 in the USA. The show will reflect its contemporary style with modern costumes, having some actors use I-phones, references to Minecraft, plus other things young audiences enjoy. This will allow those audiences to understand that Neverland is a part of you that exists within yourself. It's a reminder to always be true to yourself as you grow older and mature.

Peter Pan will have the charisma of a current celebrity pop artist, while the Pirates will be a mingling of top charting rock bands with the traditional look for the story. The entire show will be fun for young children and adults as they see their favorite characters come to life, allowing imagination to take flight.

For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit
Pictured: West Chester's Gunar Daniels, who is Peter Pan at Media Theatre now through Feb. 28 in "Peter Pan and Wendy: A New Musical"

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