A sumptuous offering by the Kids praise team, reworking the J.M.Barrie childhood fantasy, Peter Pan, into their inimitable Christian model.
With Michelle and Phil Lee taking an increasingly backward step in the running of Kids Praise, Kate Entwistle and Kathryn Thomas-as Director/writer and Musical Director/writer- have taken on the demands that Michelle and Phil carried. The transition has been seamless.Both have put the show together wonderfully and if there were any worries about the future of Kids praise they were dispelled completely.
As always with these performances the scenery and costumes were excellent. The music score is again fine, highlighting the constant buzz of action and comedy but it’s the songs that are the glue that holds it all together. This is emphasized by John Ronan who has produced a haunting work with “guiding light” the first written, especially for any show and beautifully sung by Tom Clancy and group. As would be expected with a new production team, Kate and Kathryn have used modern pop songs- unknown to dinosaurs like me- but nonetheless still mighty enjoyable. This is the type of Kids Praise show to inspire future generations of young talent and Kate and Kathryn have shown they can get the best out of them.
In a brilliant cast of scene stealers, Lilly Lamb as grace and Mathew Roach as Seb are particularly taking and their solos are staggeringly mature and beautifully sung.
Clair Roach, Grace Lloyd, Emily Brett and Lauren McCulloch are superbly funny as the fairies and I don’t think l have seen a Kids praise show with so many wonderful singers before, with Holly Clancy (mermaid) and Tom Clancy (rover) also making their parents proud as punch. A suitable Hook (Katie Seddon) and Daniel McQueen as the refusing to grow up Pan Play the famous antagonists. With the younger cast members dancing their hearts out delightfully and a coterie of Indians and pirates whats not to like!! (I’m really getting soft in my old age. I must give myself a hard stare next time l look in the mirror)
But this is the thing. Always with this once a year show, there’s an emphasis on good manners, kindness, friendship and optimism. Kid’s Praise lives on and it shines in new ways for a new generation. The Lee’s legacy reminds us how the music we bring to our lives goes on in those we love.
Brian Marr. Nov. !17