Holes in the wall, lifting heavy boxes, scratches on the floor, packing, unpacking, misplacing screws… moving is stressful. My new house is absolutely beautiful and during the evening when I can look up at the stars from my bedroom window, it’s all worth the hassle but I needed a break. There’s no better place to get away from it all than Neverland. Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s gravity-defying Peter Pan tells the story of the mischievous boy who never wants to grow up, his spunky sidekick Tinker Bell, and the frightful Captain Hook. Last night, I escaped to Neverland with this whimsical ballet and my imagination took flight.
When I read that Pete Walker was cast as Peter Pan in the North Carolina Dance Theater production, I knew I had to see it. I was mesmerized by his short performance in The Nutcracker and it left me wanting more. So I have to admit that when I found out it was Jordan Leeper‘s night to perform I was disappointed at first. I had talked up Walker to my mother-in-law and we were both anxious to witness his unbelievable talent, but from the time Leeper stepped on stage until the final curtain drop, my mouth was agape. He was fantastic!
Jordan Leeper was able to connect with his inner child as he flew to new worlds and performed aerial somesaults like you’d see in a Cirque production. His athleticism and muscular form are certainly not hard on the eyes and his positive attitude shines as bright as the stage lights.
I didn’t go without watching Pete Walker either. He was Captain Hook and he had my full attention every time he was on stage. His high energy and precise moves rejuvenated me. If he could dance like that every night of the week and still make it look effortless, I could surely finish moving a few more boxes.
I’m always impressed with North Carolina Dance Theater productions, but the set of Peter Pan was actually a step above, even for them. Howard Jones’ sets, which flew and glided smoothly on and off the stage, were more beautiful than anything I could imagine. The Boys’ treetop home, the sheer curtain waterfall, and the pirate ship inspired decorating ideas for Athena’s room and for a possible playhouse for her in the near future. Maybe I should wait until we settle into the house before asking Darren to build a treehouse, but I can keep the idea in the back of my mind.