Classic Tale of Peter Pan to Light Up Chicago’s Theatre Scene
Peter Pan will be flying into Chicago for an eight-week engagement beginning April 29th. The stage production of PETER PAN, J M Barrie’s classic story will take place in a state-of-the-art theater tent that can hold up to 1,300 fans. The threesixty° Theater allows for an “in-the-round” 360° performance that has captivated audiences worldwide, starting in London’s Kensington Gardens back in 2009. Producer Robert Butters was quoted singing his praises for the upcoming performance saying “The Chicago Tribune Freedom Center allows us to bring Peter Pan to a new exciting place in the city and attract new audiences to the theater.”
I grew up with the Peter Pan playing on my VHS, so it’s fair to say that this 21-year-old is intrigued with the upcoming production. The last time I went to a live performance with that type of interaction was Cats when I was 10 years old. One might say that theater has come a long way since then.
The interior of the tent is lit with more than 15,000 square feet of hi-res video – triple the size of Imax screens. Add 23 actors, stunning puppets, dazzling flying sequences, and epic music to the mix and you’ve got an experience like no other. The production is said to take the audience on a flying journey over London to Neverland with Peter Pan and Wendy, which sounds so innovative and fresh. I enjoy that shows are taking it to the limit and adding more effects to keep the live show around and in popular demand. After all, live theater is competing with movies, technology, etc. I think Peter Pan sounds entertaining and different and my hat goes off to all who have made the upcoming production a reality.
Some exciting facts about Peter Pan in Chicago:
- 12 projectors, delivering 360 degree projection
- 10 million pixels
- 15,000 square feet of CGI
- 400 square miles of virtual London circa 1904 were rendered
- The largest surround CGI venue in the world
- The world’s first fully 360-degree projected movie for live theater performance
- The tent, which stands 100 feet high, was shipped via boat, 6,000 miles from London to San Francisco.
- 200 computers took four weeks to create the images – it would have taken eight years for a single computer to render