"Every wish is our command, when we find ourselves in Neverland!"
As a child, I loved this story quite a lot. I used to imagine that I was a lost boy; running through the woods and climbing trees. I would spend hours out in the woods by myself, exploring the small corner of the world i lived in.
Author J. M. Barrie writes fervently in the good nature of the Lost Boys he created, saying in an article once, “I am not young enough to know everything," The Lost Boys to Barrie was the time he lost. He spent most of his childhood comforting his mother by dressing up in his late brothers clothing and imitating his posture/mannerisms. He grew up too fast. Stopped imagining.
In the stage production of Finding Neverland, we see this inner struggle continue in the character of Peter Llewelyn Davies. His father had passed away shortly before the families meeting Mr. Barrie. Peter and Mr. Barrie strike an instant bond. Writer to writer. But where Mr. Barrie soared following the second star on the right, Peter chose to keep his feet firmly rooted to the ground. Suffering the pain of losing his father was too much, and despite the solace he truly found in the imaginary games he and Mr. Barrie played with his brothers, Peter knew of the mortality of his mother. Her lungs were weak.
Throughout the musical, audiences are able to capture the essence of the resilient child and the compassion of the young adult.
This fantastic show now has made its way to Milwaukee, where the magic will continue. Adults will be able to indulge in a childhood favorite set to fantastic music, and relive the fantasy of "never growing up"!