Q: Why Peter Pan?
A: I find Wendy’s path through this story especially intriguing. She is in this really interesting moment between childhood and adulthood. This feels especially relevant for college students – there are a lot of ways in which we start to take on responsibilities and privileges of adulthood in college, but parents still figure very prominently in our lives.
Q: What are the differences between Disney’s Peter Pan and NDMU's version?
A: Where Disney trades in tropes and clichés, we have sought to tell the story in a way that is authentic to who we are, who our audience is, and when we are sharing this adventure.
Q: Will Peter Pan and his friends fly?
A: Yes – the best kind of flying, that includes a little theater magic and a lot of imagination! I think we as an audience have gotten used to technology doing the bulk of the work. Because imagination is at the heart of the play, I see no reason why we should deprive the audience of the opportunity to engage their imaginations, too!
Q: Will there be music and singing?
A: [This is] not the musical version, but there are opportunities for music in the script that we indulge in. After all, musicality/rhythm/sound is one of Aristotle’s elements of theater!
Q: Do you have a favorite scene?
A: It changes from day to day. Some days I’m Team Pirates, other days I’m Team Lost Boys, and sometimes, I just settle in to watch the dynamics between the Darling children play out.
Q: Any exciting challenges with directing/producing this drama?
A: Dr. Bossert (Drama Program Coordinator) is such an incredible advocate for the students. She has made the experience of directing at NDMU so pleasant and smooth. I get to just come in and make theater, and she has taken care of all the producorial details.
Q: What fun things will we expect?
A: Fabulous costumes, goofy antics, and hopefully a bit of heart.
Q: Finally, what about the NDMU students who star in the production?
A: Every day I am blown away by how intelligent, curious, and hard working the cast is.