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Review: Georgetown Palace’s ‘Peter Pan’

Staff Writer
Austin 360

December is a great month to feel like a kid again – with vibrant decorations, tons of baked goods, and hopefully a bit of magic.

Replete with flickering fairies, despicable pirates, and children soaring through the air, Georgetown Palace Theatre brings us “Peter Pan The Musical,” playing now through Dec. 30.

Based on the play by James M. Barrie, the classic show tells the story of the little boy who never wants to grow up and his band of lost boys in search of a mother. Filled with touching songs and big dance numbers, the Palace Theatre’s production will warm your heart and keep the little ones on the edge of their booster seats.

Championing its volunteer-based production crew, Georgetown Palace Theatre is an impressive bastion of community-based theater. And although the set transitions in this show might be rather slow, the pirate ship is worth the wait.

With a huge cast of local children filling the stage, “Peter Pan” reminds us of the joyful exuberance of youth. From a menagerie of rambunctious animals to bands of pirates and Indians, the charming ensemble sports an array of lively costumes designed by Ramona Hass.

If understudy Catherine Rothrock’s performance as Peter is any indication, then the show is in great hands with Rose Yurcina (who normally performs the role). Rothrock has a lovely voice that pairs very well with the gorgeous singing of young Jayda Cournoyer (Wendy).

Perhaps the most delightful parts of the show are the scenes with Captain Hook (Scott Shipman). Shipman’s wonderful performance as the dastardly villain brings a lot of energy and humor to the show, especially with Shipman’s exceptional maniacal laughter. And while we delight in all the scenes of dancing pirates, we also love Hook’s interaction with his bumbling sidekick Smee (Jay Garrett).

The pacing can be a little erratic at times, the plot shifts choppy and the singing somewhat uneven, but the show really is fun for the whole family.

Act Two opens with an enormous dance number that showcases the talent of the young cast and recaptures any energy that may have dissipated during intermission. And with all the flying and enthusiasm and inevitably happy ending, you can’t help but leave the theater with a smile.

“Peter Pan” continues through Dec. 30 at the Georgetown Palace Theatre, 816 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-869-7469. www.georgetownpalace.com