Fam­ily frol­ics in Nev­er­land Kate Hick­son

Tweed Theatre Com­pany’s flies in for the hol­i­days, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

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

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