Reviewed bt David Smith
Full credit to AYC. They continue to produce high quality, tightly-directed productions which showcase the considerable talents of their young performers. Peter Pan is another very good example of their wares.
The young production team headed by Director Connor Olsson-Jones, MD Rory Adams and Choreographer Tanysha Sarti not only gained valuable experience but coordinated a very slick and convincing performance. Scene changes were smooth and efficient, the upstage projections were well chosen and illustrative, the costumes were well made and colourful, and the cast's dance, movement and use of the stage were impressive.
As is the pattern with AYC, Peter Pan has two alternate casts. In the title role in this performance, featuring the "London" cast, Nathan Stafford excelled. He oozed ability and cheeky Puck-like confidence, moving, singing and acting with precision and flair. Montana Vincent played a charming Wendy, doing well as the steadying influence on her brothers and those around her. Kate Neville was splendid as Tinkerbell, displaying a broad range of talents. Bailey Lock was solid as John and Oscar Bridges was an animated and credulous Michael.
Kristian Latella was appropriately menacing, yet gullible, as Captain Hook, while Eliza Oppedisano was wonderfully funny and entertaining as Hook's side-kick Smee.
AYC are rightfully regarded as a leader in youth performing arts and this latest production clearly shows why. It is exuberant, well directed and full of energetic and talented singing, acting and dancing. It lifts everyone's spirits and points to a rosy future for the arts in our State.