Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Peter Pan"

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"Peter Pan"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Bishop Hendricken's Arts Program's current show is "Peter Pan", who is a character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie. A mischievous boy who flies and magically refuses to grow up, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang the Lost Boys, interacting with fairies, pirates and Indians, and from time to time meeting ordinary children from the world outside. The character's best-known adventure debuted on December 27, 1904 in the stage play called "Peter Pan" or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. This wonderful fantasy adventure of this well known tale contains 56 cast members and moves the audience to much laughter and some tears about the meaning of children to parents and the love of home and hearth. Directed by Brian Codeiro, he has the show narrated by numerous cast members and their diction is very clear, helping you understand everything that is happening. The multitude of costumes are by Mrs. Janice Nagle while the unit set (containing a huge platform with a trap door, a two story attic room and various ladders to climb up and down.) is by Brother John Kiernan. The show is high energy from start to finish and these students know how to capture the hearts of the audience especially when Peter asks for people to believe in fairies by clapping their hands when Tinker Bell is poisoned by the evil Captain Hook.

Brian has his cast doing wonderful pratfalls and fight segments. Leading this cast as Peter Pan is the multitalented Davis Alianiello who just had a play that he wrote published by a New York company. Peter has a nonchalant, devil-may-care attitude, and is fearlessly cocky when it comes to putting himself in danger. He flies with ease aided by the flight crew of Travis St. Onge, Dave Connors, Tom Buonomano and Matt Iovino. Davis captures your hearts with his winning portrayal. Peter lost his shadow in the real world in the Darling house. He chooses Wendy Darling to be his "mother" and also brings her brothers John and Michael to Neverland at her request. Peter is the leader of the lost boys who were lost by their parents and come to live in Neverland. He is friends with Tinker Bell, a fairy who often is jealously protective of him. His nemesis is Captain Hook whose hand he cut off in a duel. Hook's crew, including Smee and Starkey consider him a foe. Other talented cast members include Jess Keane as Wendy, Robert Theroux as Michael, Alexander Breault as John, Ron Kitts as Nana, the dog/nurse. Niamh Molloy as Tinker Bell, Malari Martin as Mrs. Darling (gives the show the needed warmth and feeling when she misses her children) and John Ryan-Henry as Mr. Darling. Oozing evilness is Michael Squittiere as Captain Hook who gets to threaten all the other pirates including Conor O'Rourke who uses a high pitched voice as Smee and Sean Flaherty as Starkey. Sarah Anderson plays Tiger Lily(head of the Indians who fights with the Pirates) who is rescued from the pirates by Peter and she saves him from drowning later on. Since it is such an enormous cast it won't be possible to mention everyone individually. Kudos to Brian and the entire 56 member cast for performing this well known play so well. Be sure to catch it before time runs out.

"Peter Pan" (7 & 8 November)
BISHOP HENDRICKEN HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE
2615 Warwick Avenue, WARWICK RI
1 (401) 739-3450 ext. 172

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