Review: Finding Neverland soars at Dutch Apple

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Since graduating college, I’ve worked in the “creative” field … marketing, advertising, social media management, etc.

My friends and family may tell you I’m the first one they come to for a witty Instagram caption or hashtag, but I’ve never thought of myself as particularly creative or more accurately, imaginative.

I never really “played” as a child; I really preferred sitting with the adults and chatting rather than playing Barbies or building forts outside because I had to do the work of creating all the backgrounds, settings, personalities, etc.

Even now, while I love to write, my strengths definitely lie in reporting the facts or talking about personal experiences in my life, rather than creating fictional stories.

Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Photo: Jeremy Daniel

With that personal history exposed, you may be surprised to learn I was looking forward to checking out Finding Neverland, the story behind Peter Pan (the most imaginative boy of all time), at Dutch Apple Theatre for opening night.

Finding Neverland, based on the movie of the same name, follows the relationship between struggling playwright J.M. Barrie and the Davies family as they both inspire each other to imagine and believe in more.

Widow Sylvia is raising four boys, one of them named Peter, when she meets Mr. Barrie, who just so happens to be searching for inspiration for his next play. The boy’s adventures and antics spark Mr. Barrie’s ideas, and Neverland is born and brought to life on stage.

It’s a truly heartwarming story, and Dutch Apple’s production is spectacular and larger than life. It was so cool to see the real-life inspiration behind each of the characters in Peter Pan and easy to see how a little imagination can birth a whole new world. Plus, this show featured another dog (Annie did, too), and a fluffy puppy makes everything better!

Finding Neverland kicks off its national tour in Lancaster and runs through Sept. 21 before it sails off to Neverland (aka Florida.) Grab your tickets here.

Dutch Apple offers a variety of dinner-and-a-show options, including a buffet or a seated dinner. The food really is wonderful, so I highly suggest purchasing a dinner option with your ticket.

My friend and I split a bottle of wine for the show, and it was the perfect little gal pal date to kick off the weekend!

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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