Children of all ages will enjoy “Finding Neverland”
August 14, 2017
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What if there were a place where you never had to get older? Where there were pirates, indians, and a group of young boys who never grew up. Well in the musical “Finding Neverland” that place does exist. All you have to do is look to the sky and find the second star to the right. All of this comes from the imagination of a man named J.M. Barrie.
“Finding Neverland” is a timeless story about escaping your normal life. In a matter of minutes, the audience is transported back in time and is able to witness the creation of the boy who never grows up. You are able to watch the tale come alive on stage and see how this unforgettable story was created and the ideas that helped shape the tale.
Barrie is a playwright in London. He is at a park when he meets the Davies children and their mother, Sylvia. After playing with the Davies children he realizes that he cares deeply for the children and their mother. This, as well as other events, are the foundation of the new play that Barrie plans to write, and it is nothing like anything he has written before. As Barrie is writing the story of Peter Pan, he draws inspiration for characters from the people who surround him. Soon, the characters of Peter Pan start to come alive with their own personalities.
The musical shows how even as an adult you never truly need to grow up. That, even as an adult, there is nothing wrong with being a child at heart. That it doesn’t matter your age, you are never too old to play.
All of the actors in “Finding Neverland” were amazing. They were able to make you feel as though this was their lives, that you were back in time watching through a window of what really happened.
The set was visually pleasing. It was a simple set with each distinct area that had a set piece that let you know where the characters were. Each area looked completely different from others and was easily distinguishable. The music and the orchestra were excellent.
Overall, “Finding Neverland” was spectacular and is good for all ages. I would recommend to anyone to see how the timeless tale of Peter Pan came to be.
(“Finding Neverland” is playing at Boston Opera House Aug. 8-20, 2017. For more information, go to http://boston.broadway.com/.)
Jaylene DeJesus is a longtime member of the Raider Times staff.