’Peter Pan’ will be playing at the North Shore Music Theatre July 10-22.
'Peter Pan' will be playing at the North Shore Music Theatre July 10-22.

With a sprinkle of pixie dust, North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly takes flight with a new production of Peter Pan on stage July 10-22. Based on Sir James M. Barrie's beloved children's classic, the musical follows the adventures of Peter Pan, the boy who refuses to grow up, and his fairy sidekick Tinkerbelle. Late one night, they visit the nursery of the Darling children and begin a magical journey across the stars to Neverland that none of them will ever forget.

"Peter Pan brings many challenges for our in-the-round staging, but our talented staff knows how to work our unique space to our advantage and will have audiences feeling as if they are flying right alongside Peter, Tinkerbelle, and the Darling kids," said Bill Hanney, NSMT owner and producer.

Numerous actresses, including Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby, have played the impish Peter Pan since the musical debuted on Broadway in 1954. Elena Ricardo has the honor of playing Pan at NSMT. She's also worked on Broadway in Mamma Mia! and toured in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

James Beaman plays Mr.

Darling and Captain Hook.

Local favorite actress Kathy St.

George joins the ensemble as Mrs. Darling and one of the pirates. Bob Richard directs and Diane Laurenson choreographs. Leigh Nilsen is music director.


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Free Fun for Kids presents Curious Creatures on July 11 at Boarding House Park in Lowell.
Free Fun for Kids presents Curious Creatures on July 11 at Boarding House Park in Lowell.

Tickets are $59-$84. Kids 18 and under save 50 percent at all performances. Call 978-2327200, visit www.nsmt.org or the box office at 62 Dunham Road, Beverly.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net

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Free Fun for Kids

Lowell Summer Music Series Free Fun For Kids shows kick off next week with Curious Creatures on July 11 and Davey the Clown on Thursday, July 12. The shows are at 11 a.m. in Boarding House Park.

Alternate location, in case of rain or excessive heat, is the Lowell High School Auditorium across the street from BHP. Come early for make-and-take art at 10 a.m. and stay later for free National Park trolley rides. Visit www.lowellsummermusic. org for details.

Summer Pops Concert

Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates summer on Sunday, July 8 with "The World Is Our Dance Floor." The free outdoor concert is at 2 p.m. in the Shedd Park Pavilion, Rogers St., Lowell. Enjoy light classical, Pops and patriotic tunes, plus a special appearance by dancers from Tricia's Dance School. Rain or shine since seating is under the pavilion. Beach chairs and picnics encouraged. Free admission, but donations are welcome. Visit www.lowellphilharmonic.org.

London Run

British newspapers announced recently that Laura Gunderson's I and You will make its London debut in October and star Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams. The show was presented at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell in 2015 and transferred to New York for a critically-acclaimed Off Broadway run. Gunderson, the most produced playwright in America this year, has two plays in the upcoming MRT season the world premiere of The Heath and a lavish holiday production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, co-written with Margot Melcon and based on characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Visit www.mrt.org/1819season for details.