Perth’s Peter Pan pro­duc­tion

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Tanya MacNaughto­n

WA Bal­let’s world is made of faith, trust and pixie dust at the mo­ment as per­form­ers re­hearse for the com­pany’s fi­nal pro­duc­tion of the 2017 sea­son, Peter Pan.

True to the sto­ry­line of J.M. Bar­rie's clas­sic novel, the dancers are head­ing to the sec­ond star to the right and straight on ’til morning as they re­visit the fam­ily bal­let first pre­sented by the com­pany in 2013.

That year was the first at WA Bal­let for artis­tic di­rec­tor Aure­lien Scan­nella and his wife Sandy De­lasalle-Scan­nella, who have made Perth their home since.

“Peter Pan was very suc­cess­ful when we pre­vi­ously per­formed it and it’s a great, fun bal­let,” De­lasalle-Scan­nella, who is part of the restag­ing team, said.

“Around Christ­mas we try to bring some­thing ev­ery­one in the fam­ily can at­tend and it’s not only for kids. I love the mu­sic and it’s just en­joy­able for this time of the year.”

De­lasalle-Scan­nella said the story of Peter Pan was part of her childhood grow­ing up in the south of France and her favourite char­ac­ter in the bal­let was Cap­tain Hook, with his traces of Johnny Depp’s Jack Spar­row.

“Ev­ery time I crack up with him and all the pi­rates,” she said.

“They just play a weird per­son­al­ity and I still laugh ev­ery time we are in re­hearsal.

I’m cry­ing a lot when we do ro­man­tic bal­lets with beau­ti­ful mu­sic, so I’m happy this sea­son and laugh­ing so much.”

Like all dance com­pa­nies, WA Bal­let has seen sev­eral dancers come and go since the last time it was per­formed.

De­lasalle-Scan­nella said this growth added to the chal­lenge of restag­ing Peter Pan.

“We have to make it bet­ter

than the 2013 sea­son,” she said.

“The cast is great and they’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to em­brac­ing their roles, es­pe­cially Peter Pan,” she said.

“We have four dif­fer­ent casts go­ing be­cause there are 23 per­for­mances and we have to be pre­pared.

“So there are four dif­fer­ent Peter Pans and they’re re­ally tak­ing on the chal­lenge.

A dancer is so ver­sa­tile, so he brings his own per­son­al­ity.”

The end of the Peter Pan sea­son will mark the be­gin­ning of a three-week hol­i­day break for De­lasalle-Scan­nella, her hus­band and 13-year-old son Ma­teo.

It will be just enough time for the trio to travel to De­lasalle-Scan­nella’s fam­ily in France for Christ­mas.

“We’ve spent the last two Christ­mases here, so I’m look­ing for­ward to maybe hav­ing a white Christ­mas,” she said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d475724

Matthew Lehmann as Cap­tain Hook with his band of pi­rates.

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