Peter Pan is Fantastic – A Must See-Show Inside the Big White Tent Near the Ferry Building

Long-awaited Peter Pan has been showing for couple of weeks already, but last night became the official premiere owing to the fact that May 9th was the 150th birthday of writer J. M. Barrie. Everybody there, including District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu, District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar, KGO-7 View from the Bay’s Janelle Wang and famous photographer Bill Wilson, seemed to be having a great time anyway.

The circular CGI works, the puppets work, the flying works – it all works. You can’t beat this for $30* of live entertainment. It’s a show for kids of course, but most adults should have no problem getting into it as well. (Didn’t see no cranky, protesting I-never-leave-home NIMBY types nor cranky I-never-should-leave-home Yelper types yesterday myself, so that’s good.)

Everybody loves the whimsical Croc. Tick tock:

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There’s not a really bad seat in the house - it’s what you call intimate with even the nosebleeds placed pretty close to the stage. Here’s the view from Block B. Block A is to the right and Blocks D and E are on the other side of the stage. Note the giant oculus above the giant CGI screens.

And there’s candy, candy, candy available at the Fairyland Candy Shop:

And, of course:

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Throw in a sexy, in-shape knife-wielding princess and a couple of sexy, in-shape Cirque du Soleil-style mermaids and there you go.

Oh, and speaking of NIMBIES, it turns out they were crying over nothing.

HUGEBRANE Ugly white plastic tent thing where a beautiful open space park had been. I’ll be glad when this monstrosity is gone. Fortunately, it’s not generating the noise I thought it would.”

(Note the handle.) So all that hue and cry over the Rec and Park Department making a few bucks was over nothing, it turns out. Moving on….

See you there!

(Try ordering a Peter Panini (smoked ham, brie, granny smith apples, wild arugula and local honey) just for the lulz. You don’t even need a ticket to wander about the village.)

*And up.

All the deets, including casting, after the jump.

SAN FRANCISCO…The cast for the U.S. premiere of a spectacular new stage production of J M Barrie’s beloved story PETER PAN flies into San Francisco landing in a state-of-the-art theatre tent erected especially for this production at Ferry Park on the Embarcadero, opposite the Ferry Building.  PETER PAN is the first major theatrical production to transfer to San Francisco directly from a successful London engagement. Conceived by an award-winning creative team and featuring 22 actors, stunning puppets, epic music, dazzling flying sequences and the world’s first 360-degree CGI theatre set, PETER PAN is a theatrical adventure.

The cast of PETER PAN stars members of the original London production joined by local Bay Area actors making it a truly international company. This production introduces a new Peter, British actor Nate Fallows. The role of Peter Pan will mark Nate’s professional debut on stage. He trained at the Birmingham School of Acting and recently was honored with the 2009 Laurence Olivier Bursary Award.

Among the original London cast members featured are Abby Ford as Wendy Darling, Jonathan Hyde as Capt Hook/Mr. Darling and Itxaso Moreno as Tinker Bell.

Abby Ford graduated from the Drama Centre and played Princess Anne in the film Lewis and The Queen. Abby’s theater credits include Les Dangereuses and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (both at the Theatre Royal, York) and she has been seen in many films including Harry Potter.

Jonathan Hyde is a familiar face to movie-goers, starring in such films such as Titanic, The Mummy and Jumanji. Mr. Hyde’s theatre credits include Ian McKellen’s King Lear, The Seagull and Romeo & Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company among many others.

Itxaso Moreno comes from the Basque Country and she studied drama at Bilbao’s BAI. Her theatre credits include Horses, Horses, Red and Dreamscape.

Additional cast members from the London production of PETER PAN include Darrell Brockis, Benjamin Chamberlain, Samantha Hopkins, Ciaran Joyce, Zoot Lynam, Mohsen Nouri, David Poynor, Antony Strachan, Ian Street, Lee Turnbull and Arthur Wilson.

The Bay Area performers include several Oakland natives: Aerialist and circus performer Rain Anya, who performs with local Bay Area performance group The Paper Doll Militia and the Dance Mission Theater, Sarah Holmes, the co-founder of the aerial theater company, Paper Doll Militia and Christopher Peak who has worked with the Sacramento Theatre Company and taught at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

From Berkeley Andrew Gruen has studied with Hannah Kahn of the famed Pickle Family Circus and performed with the Palo Alto Players. Hailing from San Francisco is Brad Smith who trained with the Oakland Ballet and was a founding member of Backstreet Players. Justin Torres, from Vallejo, recently starred as Roger in Rent at the Golden Gate Theatre in Castro Valley and played the lead in Zombie: The Musical at the Exit Theatre in San Francisco. 

Shannon Warrick lives in the South Bay and recently played Maria in Twelfth Night at TheatreWorks and Becca in the Pulitzer prize-winning play Rabbit Hole for both The Western Stage in Salinas and the Palo Alto Players.

Rounding out the local cast is Pleasant Hill actress Heidi Beuhler featured as Tiger Lily. She has danced professionally for many Bay Area companies, including Peninsula Ballet Theatre in San Mateo, Black Diamond Ballet Theatre in Antioch and Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers in San Francisco.

Co-starring with the actors in PETER PAN:

The world’s first 360-degree CGI theatre tent at 100 ft high
A tent pavilion that features 12 large-screen projectors delivering 15,000 square feet of seamless Hi-resolution video with 10 million pixels of video immersing both cast and audience in a CGI Neverland
400 square miles of virtual London (rendered in 4 weeks by 200 computers, it would have taken 8 years for a single computer to render).
By arrangement with the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Limited, this production of PETER PAN is produced by Charlie Burnell and Mat Churchill for threesixty° entertainment.

THE U.S. PREMIERE
IN THE WORLD’S FIRST 360-DEGREE CGI THEATRE
IN FERRY PARK
A NEVERLAND ON THE EMBARCADERO”
PICNICS IN THE PARK
AND A BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR

SAN FRANCISCO…PETER PAN, a spectacular new stage production making its U.S. Premiere in the threesixty Theatre standing 100 feet tall opposite the Ferry Building is a new entertainment destination at San Francisco’s waterfront on the Embarcadero where Market Street meets the Bay.

Ferry Park has been transformed into a magical Neverland park surrounding the world’s first 360 degree CGI theatre tent where PETER PAN will play. The park will be open to the public each day with no entrance fee (and no ticket to the show necessary) from 7 AM until two hours prior to show time (performance times vary; schedule listed below or at www.peterpantheshow.com) Visitors to Ferry Park can tour a free exhibit, “100 Years of Peter Pan” and enjoy enticing new food options available inside the park.

Theater patrons who attend PETER PAN can begin their journey to Neverland before they even enter the tent to see the show.  A variety of picnic menus have been created by Bon Appetit Management Company, a local Bay Area catering company.

Pre-show picnic baskets created with organic, seasonal ingredients from the local farmers’ market and prepared fresh daily may be purchased up to 12 hours before each performance. Outdoor tables and lawn seating are available throughout the newly-transformed, magical garden.

Samples from The Peter Pan Garden:

California Picnic-Chef’s selection of local farmhouse cheese, artisan-cured meat, demi-baguette and Farmers Market crudités of local gypsy peppers, watermelon radishes and toy box carrots served with peppercorn ranch dressing

English Tea Picnic-English cheese plate, tea sandwiches, house-made confit salmon with tarragon potatoes in champagne vinaigrette, cucumber salad with fresh mint, scones with jam and clotted cream and chocolate-dipped strawberries

California Kid’s Picnic-PB & J sandwich, carrot sticks, Fairy dust cookie, Pirate crisps
Kensington Gardens Picnic Box-Choice of two teas, selection of eight tea sandwiches, four house-made scones with strawberry jam and a selection of four sweet treats
Bangers & Mash-Gourmet sausage served atop smashed potatoes with gravy
Peter Panini-Smoked ham, brie, granny smith apples, wild arugula and local honey

All picnics can be paired with a selection of local wines and hand-crafted beers.

Click here for complete menu options: http://peterpantheshow.com/#/packages

There will also be five locations throughout the gardens to purchase beverages, including soft drinks, beer and wine. Aside from the prepared picnics, thematic carts featuring specialty delicacies can be found throughout the park:

The English Tea Shoplocated next to the “100 years of Peter Pan” exhibit offers British scones, breakfast pastries, tea and coffee.

The Fairyland Candy Shop has over 50 varieties of candies, lollipops and cupcakes.
Garden Gazebo packages can be reserved for 6-12 people featuring a private gazebo for pre-show and intermission, two parking passes, premium tickets, and a glossy show program.

The special Napa Valley menu for the Gazebo:

Mini BLT station
Fresh caprese skewers
Cheese/charcuterie board with marinated olives and spiced nuts
Grilled brushetta served with a trio of sauces
French Press Coffee.
Chef’s Selection of Sweet Treats.
Another choice for the Garden Gazebo package is a separate and distinctive Afternoon Tea menu:

Specialty Petite Tea Sandwiches with prosciutto and cress, smoked salmon and dill, radish and chive butter  and curried egg salad
Freshly made English scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream
Gourmet teas
Chef’s selection of sweet treats.
Theater patrons are encouraged to enhance their trip to Neverland with one of these picnic options, but no food or beverage from outside is allowed in the park.

Another added pre-show attraction is “Into Neverland,” a peek behind-the-scenes of PETER PAN which will be presented Wednesday and Saturdays at 11:30 AM and Sundays at 11:00 AM. This 75-minute tour presents a look inside the world’s first full-360 degree theatre with exclusive video showcasing the building of the tent, interviews with the creative team and actors, a CGI/animation visual effects display and an exclusive opportunity to see a flying demonstration. Separate tickets for “Into Neverland” are required which can be purchased at the box office or online at peterpantheshow.com: Adults $15 and $12 for Children (12 & under).

PETER PAN has several travel and hotel partners offering promotions and packages for theater-goers from beyond the city of San Francisco.  To learn more, go to the Partner Page at peterpantheshow.com or click here: http://peterpantheshowcom/#/our_partners

For more information about pre-ordering picnics, full menu options and the complete PETER PAN experience including more on “Into Neverland Tour” at the Neverland Garden, please visit peterpantheshow.com.

By arrangement with the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Limited, this production of PETER PAN is produced by Charlie Burnell and Mat Churchill for threesixty° entertainment.

PETER PAN Performance Schedule, beginning April 27

Tuesday & Thursday at 7PM
Friday & Saturday at 7:30PM
Wednesday & Saturday at 2PM
Sunday at 1PM and 5PM

Tickets for PETER PAN, range in price from $30 to $85. A $20 discount for children 12 and under is available for select performances. Tickets can be purchased online at peterpantheshow.com or by calling 1-888-ppantix (1-888-772-6849). For groups of 15 or more, please call 415-551-2020 or e-mail groupsales@shnsf.com.  Premium tickets for PETER PAN are available. For details, check online peterpantheshow.com

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3 Responses to “Peter Pan is Fantastic – A Must See-Show Inside the Big White Tent Near the Ferry Building”

  1. Harry says:

    The problem with Peter Pan is that it is an invasion of the public commons which was done without the benefit of input from neighbors (who opposed it). Parks Trust was behind it, and they had at least one benefit here…..

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Well, all right Harry. I’ll agree that _some_ people opposed the project. I mean if I lived near there I wouldn’t care…

    thx for posting.

  3. Bluoz says:

    tents at Sue Bierman Park…

    new Occupy tents at Sue Bierman Park at the Embarcadero in San Francisco, courtesy of Steve Rhodes The huge tent at Sue Bierman Park in 2010 for Peter Pan, courtesy of Gary Soup…