SCUGOG: Old Flame Brewery in Port Perry will play host to an original adaptation of the classic fairytale story of Peter Pan starting this Sunday, Dec. 13.
The show was created by Landon Doak, son of the brewery owner Jack, and is being put on by his team of emerging artists. However, Mr. Doak doesn’t want to take all the credit for the idea. He told The Standard that playing Peter Pan was a dream role of a good friend of his, Fiona Sauder.
“I told her I was looking for a Christmas show, something that had the vibe for coming home for the holidays and she mentioned Peter Pan,” he said. “She said how Peter Pan has been very influential to her and she loved it as a kid and it was a story she grew up listening to. She said that she is obsessed with Peter Pan and mentioned that it is a dream role of hers. I went home that night and I said that is what I’ll do, I’ll cast her as Peter Pan.”
Landon said that this production is an example of something he wants to do more in the future, giving actors a chance to perform in their dream role.
“My mandate for theatre is I love doing passion projects, and I wanted to do someone else’s passion project,” he said. “As I go forward I think I’m going to go to my friends and say, ‘what is a role you’ve always wanted to play?’ and then cast them in it.”
This show will be Mr. Doak’s second theatre production that he has brought to the Port Perry brewery’s stage. In early August, he and his team performed an original production of Romeo and Juliet. Mr. Doak said that the majority of the players that were in Romeo and Juliet are in Peter Pan, with a few new names. He added that for those who have already performed at the brewery, there is a greater comfort level with returning.
“There is definitely a familiarity with coming back to a space, which is always very nice. But for someone like Fiona (Sauder), who has never been here before, it is still a question of ‘what is this brewery actually like?,’” he said. “For some of us, it is going to be like returning to something comfortable and for some people it’s going to be something completely new and out of their comfort zone.”
Reanne Spitzer, Landon’s girlfriend, who previously played Juliet is directing the production. Landon said that there are a couple things that make this interpretation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan truly a unique production.
“Very recently I have become interested in Jazz, Romeo and Juliet was very folk music, and I wanted to do something different. So this show has a lot of a Jazz influence in it,” he said.“There is actually a bit of racism in the original Peter Pan that we removed in ours for a modern audience, but I think the music is going to stand out a lot.”
The show runs from Sunday, Dec. 13, until Saturday, Dec. 19. There will be performances every evening, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $15 for children that are 12 years and under. They can be bought at the brewery at 135 Perry St. in Port Perry or by calling 1-289-485-2739.
Landon recommends that everyone come out to at least one of the performances.
“It’s like the perfect holiday treat. Please come out one night and get a pint, or a root beer if you are a child,” he said. “It’s a perfect night out in the holiday season and Port Perry is beautiful for Christmas, the whole street becomes a winter wonderland. This show just fits the vibe of the town.”