The Milwaukee Repertory Theater Presents Lost Girl
By Livia Peterson
The World Premiere of Kimberly Belflower's Lost Girl, presented by the 2017-2018 Professional Training Institute (PTI) Ensemble demonstrates how incredible young talent can be. As stated by the Milwaukee Rep in the playbill, the Professional Training Institute (PTI) is a free yearlong advanced actor training program for students in grades 9-12 who may have an interest in pursuing a career as a professional theater artist.
Peter Pan is considered a boy who never grows up and thus, Lost Girl examines our dreams, desires, realities, childhood, adulthood, and everything in between.
Wendy Darling (Reese Parish) returns home from Neverland and cannot stop pondering about the kiss she gave to Peter Pan (Elliott Brotherhood). Meguire Hennes, Mainyia Xiong, Dominic Schiro, Logan Munoz, among others round up the PTI Ensemble.
With that said, the Lost Girl capsule review in bullet points.
- The first ninety seconds are powerful and stick with you.
- The repetitious meaningful dialogue includes a purpose and beautifully moves the narrative forward. Not redundant, as in many previous instances.
- Everything leading up to the kiss and the kiss itself examines adolescence and adulthood in a magical manner, without using real magic.
- The transcendent performances genuinely demonstate how the PTI ensemble love the theater arts. I noticed early on these kids took this opportunity seriously.
- All the emotions on display resonate and never leave during the one hour and fifteen minutes, without intermission.
- The astonishing technical components (scenic, costume, lighting, and sound designs).
Lost Girl is a must see production for children and adults alike. A uplifting production, from the first scene to the curtain call. The insightful Post Show Talkback added depth and inspiration to the evening.
Lost Girl continues through Sunday, July 22, 2018.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater│Stiemke Studio
108 East Wells Street, Milwaukee WI 53202
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