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La Jolla Playhouse's "Fly" is Peter Pan for #MeToo Era

Story focuses on Wendy's growth
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Posted at 7:51 AM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 11:53:35-04

LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) - The newest show at the La Jolla Playhouse is giving audiences a modern take on a classic tale.

"Fly," tells the story of Peter Pan, but it puts the focus squarely on Wendy, showing her journey from Lost Girl to a young woman.

"A lot of times we have your typical ingenue Wendy where a lot of the events of Neverland happen to her," explains actress Storm Lever, who plays Wendy. "In this one, you really get to watch her find her voice and find her power and own her voice and own her power."

The actor says the show is perfect for its time, after the rise of the #MeToo movement, the women's march and other female empowerment platforms.

"Our thesis is that growing up is good," says Isabelle McCalla, who plays Tinkerbell. "It's good to grow up, it's good to grow old, and there's something really powerful about being a woman."

"We need a woman that's going to take control of her circumstances and not be a victim of her circumstances," adds Lever. "We need to be teaching little girls that that's the way to conduct themselves."

The show also packs some major star power. Lever was part of the Broadway-bound hit musical "SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical." Peter Pan actor Lincoln Clauss recently performed in "Bat out of Hell."

Even the production team brings significant Broadway experience. Director Jeffery Seller, as well choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler worked on the hit show "Hamilton."

"Fly" runs through March 29th. Tickets are available at lajollaplayhouse.org.