Richmond-based children’s theatre hosting show for stricken performer

Hundreds of audience members will travel to the mythical island of Neverland as part of a stage production of Peter Pan Jr, which is created by a Richmond-based children’s theatre.

“It’s goanna be fun,” Lily Yuan, an artist and the founder of Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association (CTORA), told the Richmond News. 

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“Everyone knows the storyline of Peter Pan, but our talented performers and stage settings might give you a new perspective that will make you feel like you are watching the show for the very first time,” said Yuan. 

Yuan added that although these actors are young, they have rich experience in performing. In fact, some of them are well-established in the movie and music industry. 

“We held an open audition several months ago to encourage youth performers aged 13 to 18 to join us,” said Yuan, adding that only 37 performers out of 200 children who auditioned were selected. 

These young actors also participate in the process of costume design through collaboration with Laura Shi, a professional visual designer who helped with the digital backdrop design for CTORA’s pervious show - The Little Mermaid Jr. 

“It’s amazing to see these young kids not only showing their talent on stage, but also helping us design costumes from scratch,” said Yuan. 

Proceeds from the show will go to the Adam Mogg fundraising campaign. Mogg is a former drama student in Richmond, who was left quadriplegic from a car accident. 

Yuan said they hope to reach their fundraising target of $10,000 for Mogg’s family. 

“It’s so heartbreaking to hear the news that Mogg might not be able to stand on the stage. We encourage audiences to donate some money if they enjoy our show,” said Yuan.

Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association (CTORA) is a non-profit musical theatre organization for young performers. 

The show will take place from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7 at Vancouver`s Norman Rothstein Theatre. For more information, please check http://www.ctora.ca/.
 

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