Classic tale of ‘Peter Pan’ dances into Opera House

Neo Bodumela

LOCAL ballet dancers will take to the stage later this month when the Friendly City Youth Ballet (FCYB) presents the balletic version of Peter Pan at the Port Elizabeth Opera House from July 18 to 20.

Professional dancers from the Cape Town City Ballet will be collaborating with 60 FCYB dancers to put on the production.

Cape Town City Ballet artistic director Robin van Wyk is at the helm of the production and is also responsible for the choreography.

True to the classic tale, Peter Pan – the Ballet is filled with all the familiar characters: Peter, the boy who would not grow up, the mischievous fairy Tinkerbell, the evil pirate Captain Hook and the three Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael, who fly off with Peter to Neverland.

The title role will be danced by Revel Yon while Port Elizabeth born dancer and CTCB company member Megan Henegan will dance Tinkerbell – a role she relishes.

“I am really excited and looking forward to playing a character that is fun and naughty. This is also great because I will be back in Port Elizabeth dancing in front of my hometown and my family can now watch me dance because they can’t always come to Cape Town.

“This is a homecoming for me because I grew up dancing in PE and it will be nice to dance, once again, with the people that I grew up with,” she said.

After leaving Nelson Mandela Bay, Henegan studied dance at the University of Cape Town’s Ballet School and from there received an internship with the CTCB, where she is now based.

Ivan Boonzaaier, of the CTCB, dances the role of Captain Hook while the Northern Star is danced by Cleo Ames, also of the CTCB.

Local dancers with principal roles include Vicki Pretorius and Carla Kampman, who alternate in the role of Wendy, and Juliette Bradshaw and Kristen Harwood, who alternate in the role of John Darling.

Shayne Greene dances the role of Michael Darling and Siobhan Day and Dominique Fyfe alternate as Tiger Lilly.

Tickets for the show cost R85 for adults and R65 for pupils and are available at Computicket.

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