by Melissa Moore
On July 1st my family made the short, convenient drive to Tysons Corner Center to experience Peter Pan in Threesixty Theatre. In its Washington area premiere, this innovative theatrical performance utilizes stage, sky, and screen to retell the familiar childhood tale of Pater Pan. While most of the story is told through dialogue, there is a bit of music, acrobatics and puppetry thrown-in that will keep the kids on the edge of their seats.
The unique three sixty staging affords endless opportunities for creativity. Flight, the hallmark of a Peter Pan stage production, is immersive and thrilling. As my five year old son watched John, Wendy, Michael, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell fly off into the sunset he exclaimed in an excited whisper, “When do we get a turn?”
The age recommendation given by the theater is five years old and up. I heartily agree with this recommendation due to the many fight scenes and loud noises that mark the performance from beginning to end. Captain Hook is no cartoon caricature in this rendition of Peter Pan — he’s a living, breathing, somewhat scary pirate who often does not say the nicest things. My reptile-loving son stared wide-eyed in amazement as Tick-Tock the crocodile made his first appearance on the stage, but I saw a few parents with toddlers exiting the theater in order to calm down their little ones after that particular scene.
From mermaids to crocodiles, both my five year old boy and six year old girl enjoyed every minute of the show. When I asked my kindergartner about her favorite part, she enthusiastically responded the “the beginning, middle and the end!” When it came time for the curtain call, I reminded my kids, as I always do, to clap if they enjoyed the show. Both my sleepy children, awake past their bedtime, perked up, sat straight up in their seats and began applauding and cheering enthusiastically with the crowd.
What you need to know if you’re going to see the show:
Ticket Information: Tickets for PETER PAN in the Threesixty Theatre are on sale now. Prices start at $25 for weekday performances and at $35 for weekend performances. Premium and VIP ticket packages are available. Tickets are available for purchase on site at the Threesixty Theatre box office, online at peterpan360.com or Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster retail location, or by calling (800) 745-3000. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (877) 407-8497. For more information, visit peterpan360.com.
Disclosure: The author’s family was provided with four complimentary tickets to Peter Pan in Threesixty Theatre at Tysons Corner Center. All opinions are entirely her own. For more family travel adventures, follow the author, Melissa Moore, on Twitter and Instagram as @DCTravelMom
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