Milwaukee Public Television's production of the Milwaukee Ballet's wildly popular production of Peter Pan will play to a national primetime television audience in spring 2014. The original adaptation of J. M Barrie's classic story is scheduled to premiere on MPTV Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. Central Time on Channel 10 and nationally on PBS.
Major funding for the Peter Pan broadcast is made possible by Hydrite Chemical Co. Anne Ray Charitable Trust and Wisconsin Energy Foundation provided additional funding.
Choreographed by Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink, "Peter Pan" took the city by storm when it premiered in 2010, playing to sold-out houses and earning nightly standing ovations. Due to popular demand, Milwaukee Ballet restaged the show in 2012 when MPTV recorded this timeless ballet. Featuring an original score from British composer Philip Feeney, this impressive production features dancers flying high over the stage and a larger-than-life crocodile that crawls along the orchestra pit.
The production, taped at Milwaukee's Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, features Leading Artist Marc Petrocci as Peter Pan and rising star Valerie Harmon as Wendy. The production boasts a notable creative team, including Emmy Award-winning lighting designer David Grill, and Emmy Award-winning producer/director Phillip Byrd, who produced the program for broadcast.
This production marks the second major collaboration between MPTV and Milwaukee Ballet; Michael Pink’s Romeo and Juliet was broadcast regionally in 2008.