Thursday, September 12, 2019

Finding Neverland

by Karen Rose Smith

Last weekend my husband and I traveled to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater for dinner and a show.  The theater, now in its 33rd year, is located in the heart of Amish country in southeastern Pennsylvania...the setting of my Daisy's Tea Garden cozy mysteries.  The theater seats over 300 and features a full buffet and table seating for the show.

I wasn't familiar with the play, but knew I could expect a masterful performance after having visited the theater earlier in the summer for their production of Camelot.  Having seen Camelot many times before, I was pleasantly surprised at the fresh perspective the company provided for the classic story.

I was aware that Finding Neverland was about Peter Pan, but as a writer, I was particularly able to identify with the writer's block that threatened J. M. Barrie's career.  Now on tour across the U.S., the play is about the famous playwright and his relationship with a widow and her three children who inspired him to create Peter Pan.  It is filled with joy, sorrow, pathos, laughter, wonder and hope.  It is well worth experiencing and difficult to explain the impact it can leave on your psyche.  Parents, children and artists will be able to identify.  

And the dog, who was totally adorable, stole the show more than once!

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening--good food, a wonderful setting and a great performance.


1 comment:

SandyG265 said...

That’s so funny. My boyfriend and I were there to see Finding Neverland last Wednesday. We really enjoyed it. It was the first time we’d been there in about 4 years.