Circle Vision: Peter Pan at OCPAC

J M Barrie’s Peter Pan has had more than its fair share of remakes, redos and revamps, but the latest is a show-stopping epic spectacular that’s unlike any version you may have seen before. Gone are the tights, twinkles and tawdry overdone costumes — OCPAC manages to make Peter Pan grow up.

First off, don’t get lost. The performances of Peter Pan aren’t in the Segerstrom Concert Hall like some of the other shows you may have seen. Hang a right and you’ll see the threesixty° entertainment tent, where the show will run through Nov. 21. Debuting in London and premiering stateside in San Francisco, the Orange County Performing Arts Center is the only location to play host to the tour in Southern California.

Shown in the round, the audience and cast alike are set inside a CGI projection, with a 15,000-square-foot high-resolution screen (that’s three times bigger than your usual IMAX screen, making it the world’s largest CGI venue) that takes Peter, Wendy, Michael and John through London and into the fantasy world of Neverland. But don’t consider this children’s entertainment. The cast includes aerialist mermaids, master puppeteers and the show even integrates a modern dance sequence, making this much more than a day at the theater. Visually stunning, you’ll be completely thrown into the show, eyes darting from one sequence to another special effect over and over.

Mixing history and modern magic, this production of Peter Pan will make kids and adults alike remember their first experiences with the classic tale and add one more unforgettable memory to the mix.

Peter Pan runs through Nov. 21, with matinee performances each Saturday and Sunday.

The Orange County Performing Arts Center is located at 600 Town Center Dr. in Costa Mesa. For tickets and information, visit their official web site or the official Peter Pan website.

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