DRD explores Peter Pan through dance for upcoming show
From left, Peter Pan (Elizabeth Damewood),  Captain Hook (Leah Stewart) and Tinkerbelle (Carrie Barton) will appear in “Peter Pan” for four shows Saturday and Sunday at the Manchester Arts Center. -Photo provided by RMS Photography and Design 

  PRESS RELEASE   This weekend, Duck River Dance will be bringing Neverland to the stage at the Manchester Arts Center, but it’s not the same old Peter Pan you’ve seen before. Artistic Director Danelle Afflerbaugh has created a version of this classic tale that is sure to entertain. “The legend of Peter Pan has always been my least favorite of the fairy tales, so I took it as a creative challenge to present a familiar story in a way that is interesting and fresh” said Afflerbaugh. “This isn’t a play, it’s a dance recital, so part of the fun was finding music to accompany the dances that would help set the scene.” Look for a dance battle between Pan and Hook, hip-hop dancing shadows and mermaids who jive to the theme from the movie “Jaws.” Expect to see all of the usual characters and look forward to the wide variety of music that you’ll hear; from Metallica to Vivaldi, Blind Melon to Gershwin, there will something for everyone. Dancers from age 4 to adult will fill the stage.  Shows are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 and noon and 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 27.  General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Duck River Dance or reserved at www.duckriverdance.com. Wendy (Bailey Kitts), Michael (Natalie Fibelkorn) and John (Olivia Walker), the Darling children, are upset when told this will be Wendy’s last night in the nursery as her father feels she is getting too grown up to stay with the children. Saddened by the news, the children are amazed when a magical boy named Peter Pan (Elizabeth Damewood) flies into their bedroom. Peter and his friend, Tinkerbell (Carrie Barton), come from a far-off place called Neverland, where children stay perpetually young. Enchanted, the kids follow him back. But when Pan’s nemesis, the pirate Captain Hook (Leah Stewart), causes trouble, the kids begin to miss their old life.