The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) concludes the 2017-2018 season with the world premier of our newest creation, Peter Pan at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

Featuring choreography by international guest artist Katia Garza and an original composition by NFB Music Director David Ott played live by the NFB Symphony Orchestra, Peter Pan will be presented on Sat., March 3 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sun., March 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Peter Pan began as a vignette within a novel by author and playwright James Matthew Barrie. A play and dedicated novel followed leading to what many consider a worldwide phenomenon. Even after more than a century, the story continues to capture the imagination of both children and adults. Complete with magical sets and mesmerizing costumes, NFB’s production of Peter Pan includes a cast of international guest artists and company members who will take audiences on a spectacular journey to Neverland in this two-act production.

NFB’s Peter Pan has truly been a collaborative effort with the creative team comprised of a group of a group of international artists led by Todd Eric Allen, NFB Artistic Director and CEO. The team also includes the ballet’s choreographer Katia Garza, who began her dance training in Monterrey, Mexico before becoming a principal dancer at Orlando Ballet and an international guest artist. David Ott, an internationally acclaimed composer and NFB’s Music Director and Conductor who wrote the ballet’s score.

Peter Pan, the mischievous boy who never wants to grow up, along with Wendy Darling and her two brothers take flight on a fantastic adventure along with the sassy fairy Tinker Bell. The Darling children along with Peter venture to Neverland where they encounter the frightful Captain Hook and the clever crocodile along with Princess Tiger Lily and her Piccaninny-Tribe. Eventually Peter and his companions land on Marooners’ Rock where they meet magical mermaids before continuing on their journey to meet the lost children.

NFB’s production of Peter Pan features international guest artists Jorge Barani in the title role of Peter Pan and Darren McIntyre as the terrifying Captain Hook. NFB company members Alex Trum, Wyatt Mier and Jordan Blackwell dance the roles of Wendy, John and Michael respectively while Savannah Crabtree performs as Tinkerbell. The NFB Company and trainee program dancers round out the cast.

Box office priced tickets for Peter Pan are $38 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under. This season’s production of Peter Pan is sponsored in part by Emerald Coast Magazine, Silver Sands Premium Outlets and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Housing sponsors for the production include ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals and The Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, a Howard Group Development.