Peter Pan

April 7-8, 2018

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A visually stunning, truly soaring Ballet Memphis original.

Steven McMahon’s fantastically fresh staging of Peter Pan is complemented by the scenic talents of Tony Award-winner Beowulf Boritt, gravity-defying ZFX Flying Effects, award-winning costume designer Anne Armit, and a professional cast of dancers that will leave you breathless, as well as wanting to fly. The sophisticated flying system allows five characters to soar at once, “rising, falling and flying across the stage with great precision.” And colorfully illuminated sets—from a Victorian bedroom to lush forests to a pirate ship—paired with a score of composers hand-picked by McMahon transform The Orpheum into the perfect Neverland.

"The sumptuous production of 'Peter Pan' by Ballet Memphis is a beautiful experience on many levels. The dance, of course, is the essence of it, and the company again shows its skill. Steven McMahon’s original choreography is smart, with a childlike exuberance that fits the story and a varied contemporary feel."
Jon Sparks, The Commercial Appeal


Peter Pan

Ryan Preciado


Julie Niekrasz


Jared Brunson


George Sanders

Mrs. Darling

Virginia Pilgrim

Mr. Darling

Ricardo Dyer

Captain Hook

Brandon Ramey


Rafael Ferreras


Crystal Brothers

Tiger Lily

Eileen Frazer

Lost Boys

Francisco Preciado

James Vessell

Oscar Fernandez

Pablo Sanchez


Jonathan Dummar

Ricardo Dyer

Cecily Khuner

Felecia Baker


Anwen David

Cecily Khuner

Lydia McRae

Nicole Zadra
Iori Araya
Elizabeth Mensah

Anne Armit (Costume Designer) was born in St. Andrews, Scotland, but moved to Ottawa at age four. She attended Seneca College where she was named Student Designer of the Year and was awarded a scholarship to the Ontario College of Art. After graduation, she worked for one year in the fashion industry before obtaining work as a seamstress at the St. Lawrence Centre. Anne also freelanced for organizations such as The National Ballet of Canada, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Charlottetown Festival, the National Arts Centre and the Canadian Opera Company. For 10 years Anne owned her own business creating costumes for film, television and theatre, including the contract for Cats. She joined Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1989 as Director of Wardrobe and this position has given her the opportunity to travel and design productions such as L.I.F.E., La Bayadère, Raymonda, Creaturehood and more. 

Beowulf Boritt (Set Designer) Beowulf lived in Memphis as a young child and is delighted to be back to work with Ballet Memphis. He designed The Seven Deadly Sins (2011) for New York City Ballet. On Broadway, his work was seen in The Scottsboro Boys (Tony nomination), Chaplin, Grace, Rock of Ages, Act One, Sondheim on Sondheim, ...Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, Bronx Bombers, and The Two and Only. Off Broadway, he has worked on more than 50 shows including The Last Five Years, Toxic Avenger, and Miss Julie. He’s designed for Roundabout, Public, MTC, 2nd Stage, Vineyard, Primary Stages, and the New Group theaters and companies. Other Designs: Reel to Real (Beijing), Chaplin (Russia), Rock of Ages (London, Toronto, Australia) and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He received a 2007 OBIE Award for sustained excellence. 

Christopher Chambers (Lighting Designer) has designed theater, opera and dance across the United States. Recent projects include Black Flowers for Parsons Dance and Jungala for Lustig Dance Theatre. Other dance projects include work for American Repertory Ballet, Manchester Ballet, Ram Island Dance. For the theatre Chris has worked with Cape Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Curtain Call Inc., Boston College, Montclair State University, University of Hartford, Dramatics NYC, Gallery Players, Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company and Resort Players. A Connecticut native, Chris currently lives in New York City and works as a designer and consultant. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. 

Slade Kyle (Fight Director) is ecsta c to once again be working with Ballet Memphis, having previously choreographed scenes for Steven McMahon’s Romeo and Juliet. Slade is a founding company member, resident actor, fight director, and education manager with Tennessee Shakespeare Company. He is a former SEWA Professional Wrestler (two-time Tag Team Champion, Light Heavyweight title holder, organization-wide Fight Choreographer). Slade has served as fight director for over 30 productions from stage to screen and is well versed in many forms of stage combat. Slade graduated summa cum laude from the University of Memphis with his BFA in Theatre Performance with concentrations in Physical Theatre and Theatre Pedagogy.

Steven McMahon (Choreographer) has created more than 20 ballets for Ballet Memphis, including his first full-length ballet, Wizard of Oz as well as Soul Selects Her Own Society, Con uence and The Royal We. His other ballets for the Company include Carnival of the Animals, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella. Steven also has choreographed many original works including The Lovely Story of Us, which was performed in Helsinki, Finland, at the International Ballet Competition, and Being Here With Other People, which was performed at the Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis. His first work, What Your Soul Sings, premiered at Ballet Memphis’ Interior Works. Steven, who is originally from Glasgow, Scotland, also was a dancer with Ballet Memphis. He currently is the Company’s Associate Artistic Director. 

  • Serenade for Small Orchestra, Hobson’s Choice: Wedding Night and Anniversary Overture composed by Malcolm Arnold, recorded by Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra. 
  • English Dances, Set 1, Op 27: Adan no; Solitaire, ii: Polka; English Dances, Set 1, Op 27, iii: Mesto; Cornish Dances, Op 91, ii: Andan no; Sco sh Dances, Op 59, iii: Allegre o; and Sco sh Dances, Op 59, ii: Vivace composed by Malcolm Arnold, recorded by London Philharmonic Orchestra. 
  • Li le Suite 1, Op 80: Sicilliano composed by Malcolm Arnold, recorded by Dallas Wind Symphony. 
  • Allegro Con Brio composed by Malcolm Arnold, recorded by San Diego Chamber Orchestra. 
  • Aladdin Suite, Op 34 FS.89, ii: Aladdin’s Dream and Dance of the Morning Mist; Aladdin suite, op 34 FS.89, vii Negro dance; Aladdin suite, op 34 FS.89,vii: Hindu Dance; and Aladdin suite, op 34 FS.89, i: oriental fes val march composed by Carl Nielsen and recorded by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 
  • As You Like It: A Tone Poem for Orchestra, composed by William Walton, recorded by RTÉ Concert Orchestra. 


Scene 1: The Darling Children’s Nursery

It is almost bedtime, and the Darling children are busy playing. Wendy, the eldest, tells her younger brothers a story. Mr. and Mrs. Darling are getting ready for a party but Mr. Darling becomes upset with Nana and takes her outside. Mrs. Darling tucks in her children and leaves. Soon after, the fairy Tinker Bell enters the room, followed by Peter Pan. Peter Pan and Tinker Bell have been chasing Peter’s shadow. Peter Pan then tells Wendy all about Neverland and asks her to come with him to it. One by one, Peter Pan teaches the Darling children how to fly and they leave out the nursery window toward Neverland. 

Scene 2: Neverland

The inhabitants of Neverland make their appearance. First, the Lost Boys. Next, Captain Hook and his Pirates who are being followed by the Crocodile and Tiger Lily and her Warriors. A jealous Tinker Bell flies down to the Lost Boys and tells them to shoot Wendy, who they mistake for a bird. Once she’s revived, Wendy finally meets the Lost Boys and Tiger Lily. Tiger Lily and her Warriors dance for the visitors while Hook and the Pirates watch in secret. Soon, everyone leaves. Tiger Lily stays behind and is captured by Hook and his Pirates.

Scene 3: Mermaids’ Lagoon

Peter Pan and the children visit the Mermaids’ Lagoon and watch the Mermaids frolic. The children, fearful at seeing Hook and the captured Tiger Lily, hide. Peter Pan battles Hook for Tiger Lily and rescues her but is injured while doing so. Hook and the Pirates, however, are scared away by the approaching Crocodile. 


Scene 1: The Lost Boys’ Hideout

Wendy is looking after Peter and the Lost Boys and telling them a story. After, she decides that it’s time to leave Neverland and go home to her parents. She and the Lost Boys leave the hideout but they are kidnapped by Hook and his Pirates. Hook then enters the hideout to find Peter asleep. While Peter sleeps, Hook poisons the medicine bottle that Wendy left for Peter. Peter wakes up and is about to take his medicine but is stopped by Tinker Bell who drinks it in his place. Tinker Bell dies but is revived by the other fairies. Tiger Lily arrives to tell Peter than Wendy and the Lost Boys have been kidnapped by Hook.

Scene 2: Aboard the Jolly Rodger

Hook is forcing the Lost Boys to walk the plank as Wendy must watch. Hook hears clicking, and believing it’s the Crocodile returning, he hides. But Peter is pretending to be the Crocodile so he is able to free the Lost Boys. Hook then battles Peter but loses and is forced to walk the plank. He falls into the mouth of the waiting Crocodile. The children fly away from Neverland.

Scene 3: The Darling Nursery

Mr. and Mrs. Darling are waiting in the nursery for their children who return and quietly slip into their beds. The Darling family reunites, and Peter and Wendy share one last moment together. 

Tickets now available only through The Orpheum Box Office

All remaining tickets to Peter Pan performances will be available only through The Orpheum Box Office at (901) 525-3000 or 203 S. Main St. from 9a-5p, or online through their website. The Orpheum is also sponsoring a student/teacher/hero rush for the Saturday evening performance only. Read more details on our Peter Pan Facebook event page.

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