Have you ever thought it possible to enter the Disney parks as a hologram after they closed? Neither did Finn, Charlene, Maybeck, Willa, or Philby until it happened. Join the 5 Kingdom Keepers in their adventure of saving the magic of Disney before it falls into the wrong hands. Do they have what it takes to stop the overtakers?
In this fantasy book five kids, Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Philby, and Willa have to protect the Animal Kingdom from the Overtakers. Finn`s friend, Amanda`s sister has gone missing. She has a power that the Kingdom Keepers need to defeat the Overtakers. Will the Kingdom Keepers succeed or fail?
I absolutely loved this book! Ridley Pearson did a very good job of appealing this book to Disney fans of all ages. This book gave readers and excellent view of Disney world that they had never seen before in another book. He did a very good job of showing Disney after dark. I also loved the idea of Disney villains called Overtakers disrupting daily business at the parks and try to gain control of Disney world. Pearson also did an excellent job of incorporating a group of kids called dhi’s (Disney host interactive or daylight holographic imaging) to be holographic tour guides of the Disney parks. I also liked the concept of doubling the usage of the dhi’s to fight the Overtakers. I highly recommend this book, it is a very excellent read.
Last weekend, I was transported through a starry sky to the faraway shores of Never Land… No, not literally, of course! But I DID attend a talk at the New York Public Library about two stage shows based on the Peter Pan story.
Peter Play #1: Peter and the Starcatcher
Based on: The book Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
The guests of honor: Rick Elice (who wrote the play) and Ridley Pearson (who wrote the original book)
Peter Play #2: Peter and Wendy
Based on: The book Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie (now published as Peter Pan)
The guests of honor: Julie Archer and Liza Lorwin (co-creators of the play)
I haven’t seen either of these shows, but after learning all about them at this event, you can bet I’ll be booking my seats soon!
Here are some of the behind-the-scenes factoids I found out:
Peter and the Starcatcher
Image from NY1's review of the show
For the show, they made “Starcatcher” singular even though the book title says “Starcatchers” plural. Why? Because the focus is on Molly as THE most important Starcatcher, and her friendship with Peter. Rick Elice (the playwright) also called Molly the true heroine of the story and said, “The boy learns to be a hero by watching the girl.” This being Women’s History Month, I pumped my fist in solidarity when I heard that! Not really… But I did it in my mind!
In the show, they also completely took out the explanation of why Peter will stay young forever. If you’ve read the book, then you know that’s a pretty big deal. But apparently, the end of the show works without it. This I gotta see…
Speaking of differences between the book and the show, it sounds like there are LOTS — and yet, author Ridley Pearson loves it! Here’s what he had to say about how his original book was adapted for the stage:
Peter and Wendy
Whereas Peter and the Starcatcher is quite different from the book, there's one area where Peter and Wendy wanted to be very accurate: the costumes! J.M. Barrie wrote the original story for a family of boys he knew, and they all used to dress up as the characters and play around the house. Apparently, the folks behind Peter and Wendy studied photos of the boys and based the show's costumes on what the boys were wearing!
Speaking of the look of the play, originally the set designers wanted to make the backgrounds seem like they were from a giant pop-up book. They changed their concept as they went along, but the two co-creators at this event reported that they still see the pop-ups when they watch the show. Watch the trailer and see if you agree:
Intrigued? Well, if you live in New York, then you can get yourself a ticket to visit Never Land! Peter and the Starcatcher is playing at the New York Theatre Workshop now, and Peter and Wendy is coming to The New Victory Theater in May.
If you don't live in NY, never fear — supposedly, there's a movie version of Peter and the Starcatchers in the works. According to online reports, it's been in progress for a loooooooong time and may not come out for years, but that's okay, right? Like Peter, we'll just never grow up! 🙂
Karen doesn't need magic to stay young forever. She still acts like a kid!