The Adelaide Youth Theatre Company presents their version of 'Peter Pan' at The Star Theatre on April 29th, playing until April 30th. This performance was extra special because it was an fundraiser with proceeds going to 'Make-A-Wish Foundation'. Make-A-Wish Australia was founded in 1985 and since then have granted over 8,000 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Make-A-Wish wishes give very sick children and teenagers hope for the future. It was for a beautiful cause and really touched the audience.
Maisie Aitken did an amazing job as Peter Pan, but when she took to the stage to start the special performance dedicated to Make-a-Wish foundation, that was when she really showed her compassion and love for the theatre and doing something amazing. She is so talented and at such a young age, Aitkin excelled in this role.
Lily Horton-Stewart who played Tinkerbell owned the stage with confidence and sassy enthusiasm. She was sweet and well suited to this role. Wendy was played by Gemma Dandie and when she sang 'Mother', it was just beautiful to watch.
Michael (Ryan Vandermyle) and John (Michael Shizas) had amazing voices and marched and sang with the lost boys like real leaders. Watching the boys together with Dandie was like watching the brother/sister relationship, they all had such a great on-stage connection.
Tiger Lily (Taylor Tran) did an excellent job with her character, but it was the Indian Chief (Henry Tran) who stole the stage. He was amusing, perfect in character and gave a standout performance - he should be very proud.
Other standout performers include Deon Martino-Williams (Captain Cook) he had this character down perfectly, from the walk, talk and that terrified approach to the crocodile. Bridget Tran (Smee) did well as this character helps Cooks every request, but with witty humour that had the audience laughing.
After the performance, the children of Adelaide Youth Theatre sang a special song dedicated to Make-A-Wish, while showing a heartfelt video of some of the children who would like their wishes granted or children whose wishes were already granted and how it helped them move forward with hope for the future.
Adelaide Youth Theatre left an impact on the audience, demonstrating that by donating a small amount you can change the outcome of a sick child's day.