Flying & Props

Flying

Some tips and tricks to help you "fly" your characters in Peter Pan the Musical.

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Here are some more straightforward suggestions all of which have come from successful past productions – we hope they help you:

  • Place the characters on stage risers, flood the stage with dry ice and create the illusion of movement with a spot-lit mirror ball leaving the music to do the rest.
  • Create some life-size silhouette puppets which can be held up against a London skyline.
  • Get your characters to use scooters on stage in amongst lots of dry ice / fog.
  • Use UV light on a totally darkened stage – only the fluorescent costumes of Peter and the children are picked up and glow as they are carried across the stage by figures dressed in black.
  • A black star cloth on an empty UV-lit stage stage can create the illusion of the characters suspended in mid-air against the night sky.
  • Simply blow some fog onto the stage and use rotating gobos in moving lights to create a cloud-like sky for your characters to “fly” over.
  • Employ a couple of see-saws between the nursery beds (with one end of the beam controlled by crew members from behind a black cloth). Use a spotlight to light the characters just from the knees up. Even though the characters only rise a few feet the effect on the audience can be delightfully deceptive.
  • Place the characters on a black staircase in black out and spotlight them with a projector behind showing moving images of the London skyline.

Furniture and Property List

Act 1

On stage:
Gas lamps
Three Beds
Chest of drawers. On it: Top Hat, sewing basket containing needle, thread, thimble.
In a drawer: shadow.
Mantelpiece. On it: jug
Beside table. On it: medicine in a glass, teddy
Dog’s Bowl
Dog’s kennel
Dressing as desired

Off stage:
Wendy: Medicine in a glass
Mrs Darling: A chocolate
Peter Pan: Bar of Soap

Personal:
Mr Darling: white bow tie
Peter Pan: acorn button, fairy dust

Act 2

Scene 1

On stage:
In the forest clearing – materials for building the Wendy house Cluster of red-spotted mushrooms with one large and prominent

Personal:
Tootles and Nibs: bows and arrows
Tootles: detachable sole of shoe
The others boys: knives in their belts
Starkey and some of the Pirates: pistols
Smee: Spectacles
Hook: double cigar-holder, iron hook, sedan chair
Wendy: acorn button
John: top hat

Scene 2

On stage:
Dinghy

Personal:
Tiger Lily: bonds
Peter: sword
Smee: cutlass, lantern
Starkey: lantern
Hook: sword

Scene 3

On stage:
As before

Scene 4

On stage:
Totem pole
Dressing as desired

Personal:
Indians: pipes

Scene 5

On stage:
In the underground hideout – curtained chamber for Tinker Bell, Material, needle, thread, medicine and half a coconut shell, knapsacks on Sticks

Off stage:
Pirate: tom-tom

Personal:
Hook phial of liquid

Act 3

Scene 1

On stage:
Sewing machine
Torn sail
Lantern

Scene 2

On stage:
In the underground hideout – as before

Scene 3

On stage:
As Act 1, SCENE 1 with in addition, a rocking chair

Personal:
Mr Darling: bowler hat, umbrella
Nana: the children’s night clothes