'Peter Pan'

Peter (Hannah Blaile) soars above the Darling children (Caroline Wells, Bryson Holl, Hayden Skaggs) in PETER PAN at Herberger Theatre Center.

[Courtesy of Barry Smith]

This is the last weekend for families to see Valley Youth Theatre’s production of the Broadway musical “Peter Pan,” based on the children’s novel by J.M. Barrie about a little boy who never grows up. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you go.

Buy a parking pass: When you purchase tickets online, there’s the option of purchasing an Arizona Center parking pass for $3. Even though you have to allow time for small legs to walk a couple of blocks to the theatre, it’s the best parking deal available and will save you from driving in circles in downtown Phoenix to find parking.

Bring cash: Even though you saved money on parking, you’re still going to need greenbacks on hand once you’re inside the cool, refreshing air conditioning of the theatre. As soon as you enter, your munchkins will be bombarded with the enticing flash of light-up swords and hats worthy of the dastardly Captain Hook, fairy wings à la Tinker Belle, along with VYT T-shirts and bracelets. The trinkets are in the $5-$15 range, but if you don’t have cash, you’ll pay an extra $2 credit card fee.

Buckle up: The costumes, sets and special effects are amazing! Valley Youth Theatre knows how to put on a good show, and this one is no exception. The costumes, designed by Karol Cooper, are outstanding: the variation of colors and textiles are mesmerizing, particularly those of the pirates and Indians. The sets are equally well-done: the Lost Boys’ hideaway is a fort any kid would die for. It is eclipsed only by the flying technology from ZFX, Inc., which carries the Darling children and Peter Pan (Hannah Blaile) high above the stage.

Be ready to crow: In the show, Peter Pan celebrates his eternal childhood with an exultant crow, reminiscent of a barnyard rooster. The kids will start imitating it the moment you leave the theatre. They’ll beg you to join in the fun. So clear your throat, set aside your adult inhibitions and crow with the best of ’em. Life’s too short not to.

If you go

What: Valley Youth Theatre’s ‘Peter Pan’

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 26-27, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29

Where: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix

Cost: $20-$38

Information: (602) 254-7399 or HerbergerTheater.org

Contact writer: (480) 898-5629 or sperrault@evtrib.com ​

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