Family frolics in Neverland Kate Hickson
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TWEED Theatre Company’s latest production is definitely a family affair. Five sets of local families make up a third of the cast of Peter Pan – The Musical, which opens at Tweed Civic Centre on Wednesday.
Father and daughter duo David and Kimberley Geeves are taking to the stage together for the first time and Kimberley says she is her dad’s ‘‘biggest fan’’.
The 10-year-old, who plays an Indian squaw called Prairie Flower, is already a veteran of the stage, having starred in four Tweed Theatre Company shows.
Her dad David, on the other hand, makes his stage debut in Peter Pan.
A long-time ‘‘stage-parent’’ and helper on Kimberley’s previous shows, Geeves thought it would be fun to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
‘‘She (Kimberley) comes to my rehearsals just to support me,’’ he says.
‘‘I’m still a bit nervous but Kimberley gives me tips and says ‘you’ll be right, Dad’.’’
Geeves says his family, including his wife Jojet, are regular karaoke-goers, something he says may have helped him prepare for the role.
‘‘There may be record crowds from Tweed Heads (in the audience) as all my mates will be coming to see me on stage,’’ he says, laughing.
Joining the Geeves family on stage is local actor Tom Burton, who is following in his hero Johnny Depp’s footsteps. Depp played the role of Peter in the 2004 movie
Too young to fill Peter’s shoes just yet, Burton, 9, of Kingscliff, landed the role of Michael and says he’s excited to be making his local acting debut.
Like Geeves, Burton hasn’t appeared on stage before. However, director Natalie Trengove says he’s a ‘‘natural’’ performer who thoroughly impressed him in his audition.
So much so, in fact, she gave him a starring role – much to his delight.
‘‘I tried out for something new and my mum always said I should be on the stage,’’ says Burton, who also cites Tom Cruise as one of his acting heroes.
He says his friends at St Anthony’s Catholic School are all ‘‘impressed’’ with his stage success.
Trengove says Tweed’s production of Peter Pan – The Musical is a perfect demonstration of the depth and variety of talent the local theatrical community has produced across all ages.
‘‘The show’s cast ranges in age from nine to 67 years old,’’ she says. ‘‘They all get on very well and the older ones help the younger ones.’’ Tweed Civic Centre on Wednesday and plays Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 11am until April 22 . Tickets are $5 to $15. Phone 1800 674 414 to book.
Laura Wilkinson (as Wendy), Tom Burton (Michael) and Josh Linton (Peter) star in Tweed Theatre Company’s production of