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Wolfpack Theatre takes flight with ‘Tinkerbell’

by Daily Inter Lake
| May 9, 2024 12:00 AM

J. M. Barrie's famed pixie takes center stage in the Wolfpack Theatre Company’s presentation of “Tinkerbell,” offering a fresh perspective on the delightful tale of “Peter Pan.”

This vibrant adaptation of Barrie's classic, “Peter Pan,” highlights the joys of play and the complexities of friendship. With her fiery spirit and unwavering loyalty, Tinkerbell brings to life the magical world of Neverland, where adventure awaits at every turn. From her first introduction to a young boy named Peter Pan to her deep-seated jealousy of “that Wendy girl,” to a special appearance of the infamous Captain Hook, the audience will see the story unfold through Tinkerbell’s eyes on May 10 and 11 at Glacier High School. 

Tinkerbell’s story reminds the audience that even the smallest beings can make the biggest impact in friendship and life.

“While Patrick Flynn technically rewrote the story from Tinkerbell’s perspective, the heart of the story is ultimately still about finding friends, sometimes in unexpected places, and discovering what it means to be a friend,” Director Sara Menssen said.

When the magic in Neverland starts to fade and fairies begin to perish, Tinkerbell ventures to London in search of an ally. There she meets a young boy named Peter Pan who has just run away from his family so he can be a little boy forever. When Tinkerbell takes Peter to Neverland, all sorts of wonderful and amazing things happen in the magical land — flowers grow, animals appear and pirates arrive. But as Peter brings more Lost Boys and the Darling children back to her island, Tinkerbell does not want to share her newfound friend.

“When I first read this particular script, I had never considered a scenario in which Neverland might be dying. It is interesting to think of something that has always existed, being suddenly in a state where it doesn’t have enough — enough life, creativity, belief, imagination — to thrive,” Menssen said. “I would contend that we exist in a world more different than anything we have ever known; one where it is harder than ever to thrive. Perhaps we need to revive our imaginations and find something to believe in so that we may thrive.”

“Tinkerbell” will showcase all the enchanting elements from the beloved tale of “Peter Pan,” fairy dust, swashbuckling pirates, soaring flights, epic sword duels and a menacing crocodile.

“Neverland is a magical place and I hope that some people will carry that magic out into the world,” Menssen said. “There are powerful reminders of the magic of kindness tucked into this seemingly simple story and what if our world were a little kinder because a few people spent some time in Neverland.”

“The cast has dedicated themselves to morning rehearsals and doing everything in their power to create and tell the story of Tinkerbell and Neverland,” she said.

The cast includes: Zaden Stout, Kelsea Bemis, Anya Rountree, Ellie Fiala, Calvin Casey, Daniel Cole, Blake Lindemann, Toben Mallo, Andrea Chandler, Theron Wilton, Kaylin Stein, Abigail Haley, Gabrielle Cantrell-Musson, Thomas Alexander, Grace Miller, Zach Nases, Amber Ripp, Myla Lamson, Isabelle McKoy, Kailie Owens and Annabeth O’Shea as Tinkerbell. 

Behind the scenes is Haley Hill, Drew Crane, Megan Mikelson, Sophia Bourriague, Noel Cantrell, Naemi Creighton, Vivian Eberhart, Chloe Franklin, K Perigen, Eli Sanderson Strutz and Naia Hill make up the lights, sound and stage crew.

The play starts at 6:33 p.m. May 10 in the Wolfpack Theatre. On May 11, a matinee performance will be held at 1:33 p.m. in addition to a 6:33 p.m. performance.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for children, students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online at gofan.co by searching “Glacier High School.” Tickets may also be purchased at Photo Video Plus and at the door.   

    Captain James Hook, played by Anya Rountree, Tinkerbell, played by Annabeth O’Shea and Peter Pan, played by Zaden Stout square off in the Wolfpack Theatre Company's production of "Tinkerbell." (Photo provided by Glacier High School)