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EVENT: Nathan Parsons in "NeverWonderLand"


Theatre, dance, music and inspired storytelling leap into the Miles Memorial Playhouse as Boom Kat Dance Theatre’s “NeverWonderLand” kicks off its five-week run on July 24. Getting lost somewhere between London and NeverWonderLand, Peter Pan and Wonderland’s Alice, brother and sister, find a fresh start in this inventive prequel for all ages to J.M Barrie and Lewis Carroll’s beloved children’s tales.

Energized by the sold-out success of their 2009 three-week run of “NeverWonderLand,” the creative team has gone back to the drawing board to rewrite, re-imagine and rediscover their original concept. Infused with a healthy dose of modern magic, this version offers skinny jean-clad Lost Boys and a life-sized, puppet-wielding Tinkerbell. What remains the same is the timeless challenge: as they make friends, encounter enemies and defy gravity, the siblings Peter and Alice must discover a balance between fantasy and reality, social pressures and individual desires, and childhood and adulthood.

The adventure runs July 24 through August 22, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica. Advanced tickets are recommended ($20 general, $15 students, $10 children 12 and under) at: Brownpapertickets.com/event/116760 or 800-838-3006. For group tickets or further information, call 310-202-9229 or visit boomkatdance.org.

BOOM KAT DANCE THEATRE, founded in 2006 by Lili Fuller, Emily Iscoff-Daigian and Adam North, is a group of multitalented artists joining choreography and theatre with media and inspiration from the world around them, to explore the possibilities of movement and story-telling, and create art that expresses and illuminates. In partnership with ETC-Ensemble Theatre Company, Boom Kat’s previous collaborations at the 24th Street Theatre and Miles Memorial Playhouse have produced “Revolutions,” an exploration of the title word, “The Jungle Book,” a reconstructed version of the Rudyard Kipling classic, and, of course, last year’s “NeverWonderLand,” the praised predecessor to this summer’s version. www.boomkatdance.org.

The cast of “NeverWonderLand” includes: Lili Fuller (Alice), Joe Sofranko (Peter), Nathan Parsons (Captain James), Juliana Tyson (the Queen), Amanda Giuliano (Tink), Matthew Krumpe (The Mad Hatter), Chris Downey (White Rabbit), Janet Krupin (Tiger Lily), Sarah Haworth (Mother), Cory Bretsch (Father), Mike Garrido (Toodles), and company members Nolan Chung, Lizzie Fabie, Megan Harvey, and Rachel Hirshee.

The production team includes: Lili Fuller (Artistic Director, Costume Design), Steve Edlund (Set Design, Associate Direction), Joe Sofranko (Sound Design), Mason Barker (Lighting Design), Danielle Buerli (Graphic Design), Jessica Dalva (Props, Puppet Design), Alicia Papanek (Costume Design), Narcissa Vanderlip and Rachel Saltzman (Producers).

Boom Kat Dance Theatre is presented by ETC-Ensemble Theatre Company, founded by Narcissa Vanderlip and Parmer Fuller in 2000, and now celebrating its 10th anniversary. ETC has produced classic and lesser known American musicals, Shakespeare in unique outdoor settings, original musical theatre, and Boom Kat’s exciting dance theatre productions. ETC also facilitates an annual youth Community Tour, bringing music, theatre, and dance to child service agencies, nursing homes, and hospitals across Los Angeles County. www.ETCtheatre.org.

The Miles Memorial Playhouse is located at 1130 Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica.

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