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An airborne classic

by Amanda MolinaroPublished: November 01, 2010

“Peter Pan” is now appearing in Orange County for its second U.S. performance series, direct from San Francisco. J.M. Barrie’s classic tale takes a new twist in a production mixing actors, puppets, music, lights and aerial stunts. Acrobats help to create a wonderfully dynamic theatrical performance that is on par with Cirque du Soleil.
   
The 1,350-seat Orange County Performing Arts Center pavilion has been transformed into an unforgettable 3-D arena, housing the world’s first 360-degree video projection for live theater that flies the cast and the audience over Edwardian London.
   
The story begins with an eager and mischievous Peter, who flies siblings Wendy, John and Michael to the small island of Neverland, mingling among and battling against an assortment of Indians, fairies, pirates and one very temperamental captain-crocodile duo. In this 360-degree entertainment rendition, architectural designer Teresa Hoskyns teamed up with two leading European manufacturers to inspire an auditorium of spectacular views.
   
And later this month, Broadway’s “Beauty and the Beast” will join “Peter Pan” at The Orange County Performing Arts Center, in Segerstrom Hall, Nov. 16-21.

What: ‘Peter Pan’
When: Sept. 28-Nov. 21
Where: Orange County Performing Arts Center
Phone: 714.556.2787
Web: peterpantheshow.com


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