Peter Pan and CTC’s 50th Anniversary in Mpls St Paul Magazine

Pick up the June copy of Mpls St Paul Magazine for a great feature on Peter Pan the Musical and CTC’s 50 year history! Get a behind-the-scenes look at staging a big musical like Peter Pan and hear from important people from the theatre’s past and present on the significance of the 50th anniversary.

“As the Children’s Theatre Company nears its 50th Anniversary, it has become universally heralded as the best theater for young people in the country. Given exclusive access as the company mounted its spring production of Peter Pan, we tell the story of how the CTC accumulated so much fairy dust.

Childhood memories are fragile, shimmering things. I can barely remember seeing Dr. Seuss’ The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins at the Children’s Theatre as a 6-year-old. I don’t really remember the play at all, just a snippet of a scene: a stack of surrealist Seussian hats floating in the pitch of the proscenium darkness. In the same way Nabokov remembers looking up at his father’s shiny cavalry uniform in the opening essay of Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited, I recall that bit of theater magic like I’m seeing it from underwater. Submerged, as if, to borrow Nabokov’s elegant concept, I had been “plunged abruptly into a radiant and mobile medium that was none other than the pure element of time.

This is the ephemeral nature of theater—you see something once, years ago, and unlike Toy Story 3 or an old episode of The Muppet Show, or I guess for younger kids Dora the Explorer, you will never see that same thing again, not in the same way, not on a loop. An image produced in a theater has to be powerful enough to stick on its own, without the mnemonic assistance of one of our ubiquitous screens.”

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