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Hook is back and he is out for revenge on his youthful nemesis, Peter Pan. Wendy’s granddaughter, Margaret, comes to help.

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Peter Pan In Trouble

Hook is back and he is out for revenge on his youthful nemesis, Peter Pan. The Lost Boys recruit Wendy’s granddaughter, Margaret, to help them defeat the crafty Pirate Captain and his nefarious crew.


Author:    Donald Leonard

Composer/Lyricist:    David Reiser

Synopsis:

Peter Pan has temporarily lost his ability to fly due to a magic potion that was slipped into the Lost Boy’s water supply by the dastardly pirate, Captain Hook. Can Wendy Darling’s granddaughter, Margaret, help Peter and his friends defeat Hook and his crafty crew? With snappy songs and a plot that continues the adventures of James M. Barrie’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan In Trouble will be the hit of your next season.


Peter Pan In Trouble

PETER PAN IN TROUBLE

OR 

THE REVENGE OF CAPTAIN HOOK

A MUSICAL PLAY FOR CHILDREN IN ONE ACT


BOOK BY DONALD J. LEONARD, JR.

 

MUSIC & LYRICS BY DAVID REISER


BASED ON CHARACTERS CREATED BY 

SIR JAMES M. BARRIE



Peter Pan In Trouble

 Copyright 2004  © 2006

by  Donald J. Leonard, Jr, and David Reiser

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CAST OF CHARACTERS (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE)

NARRATOR

CAPTAIN HOOK

MR. SMEE

JANE

MARGARET

THE “LOST BOYS”: SLIGHTLY

  TOOTLES

  CURLY

NIBS

THE TWINS

INDIAN BRAVES:

LITTLE BIG FEATHER

DANCES WITH SQUIRRELS

CHARLEY HORSE 

PRINCESS TIGER LILY

PETER PAN

TINKERBELL *

THE CROCODILE

CHIEF SITTING DUCK

THE PIRATES:

STARKEY

CECCO

NOODLER

MULLINS

JUKES


Dedicated to:

Garrett Anderson and the entire Anderson Family

and

to the memory of Jeff Blohm


Peter Pan In Trouble

(* NOTE TINKER BELL is not meant to be portrayed by a person, but instead should be represented only by a musical leitmotif accompanied by a pin spot or other type of lighting effect.)


PROLOGUE

(As houselights fade to black we hear the soothing voice of an unseen narrator.)

NARRATOR. Do you believe in fairy tales? Do you believe that dreams and thoughts and wishes can come true? If you do then, I know just the story to tell you. And if you don’t believe in Mermaids, Pirates, and crocodiles with clocks in their bellies, then maybe when our story is over you will believe. Journey with us to Never Land, a place where dreams are real and wishes can come true. Our story begins many years after Peter Pan first visited the Darling children’s nursery in London. Captain Hook had once again been defeated by his nemesis, Peter Pan, and a diabolical plot was forming deep within his evil heart and equally dark and sinister brain.

MUSIC: OVERTURE (INSTRUMENTAL)

SCENE 1-INSIDE CAPTAIN HOOK’S PRIVATE CABIN ABOARD THE JOLLY ROGER

DOWN IN ONE

(As the final strains of the overture begin to fade, lights come up center stage on the interior of CAPTAIN HOOK’S private cabin aboard the Jolly Roger. We see the sinister pirate in less than top form. He is seated in a carved wooden chair that resembles the throne of a fallen ruler or monarch. He is covered with a blanket, and his bare feet are submerged in a wooden tub. Upon his head of long, black curls is a white bandage tied in a bow. Tending to his every need is his trusty, if not clumsy manservant, MR. SMEE. There is a wheeled cart to the right of HOOK that contains three containers similar in appearance that are labeled in a very distinct manner: MEDICINE, MAGIC POWDER, and POISON, the later is adorned with skull and crossbones. There are other props placed randomly on the cart: an old lantern, treasure maps, a pewter mug, a large wooden spoon, a revolver, a dagger, a skull, and other trinkets. Although he is dressed like a pirate, SMEE acts more like a nursemaid, entering the stage with a piping hot kettle of water which is obviously scalding his hands. He intends to pour the water into HOOK’S foot bath, but trips upon his own feet, and accidentally pours it into HOOK’s lap.)

HOOK. (Screaming) Smee! You doddering old fool! Look what you’ve done! (He stands)

(SMEE scurries about dodging HOOK’S failed attempts to hit him on the head with his hook)

SMEE. (Apologetically) Sorry, Cap’n! My mistake. Sorry, Cap’n! 

HOOK. Clumsy fool! I’ll tear your eyes out! (He cuts the air with his hook). Your biggest mistake was being born to your mother!

SMEE (Timidly) Yes, Cap’n!

HOOK. Aye, it was a curse that I was born without a mother! (He sits) Now all I have is you to take care of me, and I would rather die a slow and painful death than be tended by you, my trusted mate.

SMEE. (Accepting the compliment) Why, thanks you, Cap’n.

HOOK. (Hitting him on the head) You bumbling fool! If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be in this position in the first place!

SMEE. Oh, but Cap’n, wasn’t it I who rescued you from the jaws of that crocodile? You were near death when I found you clinging to the side of Skull Rock. Your body was chilled to the bone, weak from hunger. I barely knew it was you that my row boat ran over and knocked back into the water.

(HOOK reacts to this)

SMEE (Continues to ramble) Your clothes were torn and your face was bruised and battered when I hoisted you up into my teetering boat by your cold and swollen ears!

HOOK. (With underlying menace) Yes, and I have yet to show you my deep and heart-felt appreciation. (HE toyingly strokes his hook). I tried to out swim that horrible creature but it follows me wherever I go! Blast that Peter Pan! Twas he that cut off me hand and fed it to that devilish croc!

SMEE. Luckily for you that Croc also swallowed that clock which can be heard from inside its belly as a signal to warn you when it’s approaching!

HOOK. Yes, lucky me. Oh how I would love to dice up that clever Croc and then shake the hand of Peter Pan with this! (He brandishes his hook threateningly).

SMEE. Soon you will be well and then you can seek out Peter Pan for your revenge!

HOOK. Ah, but I have already begun my revenge, dear Smee, and what sweet revenge it is!

SMEE. (Intrigued) Do tell dear Cap’n. Do tell.

HOOK. Well, I don’t want to brag, but I do believe it’s the most cunning and craftiest plan ever devised by any pirate here or upon the seven seas!

SMEE. Oh, don’t keep me in suspense, Cap’n. What is it?

HOOK. (Pulling SMEE as close as if it is a secret) Well, if you must know….

SMEE. Oh, yes, Cap’n, yes….

SONG: THE PLAN (SUNG BY CAPTAIN HOOK)

HOOK. (Singing)

I’M IN THE MIDST OF A FIENDISH PLAN

THAT WILL DEFEAT MISTER PETER PAN!

WE’LL SOON SEE WHO’S THE BETTER MAN—

IT WON’T BE HIM!

I HAVE A MAGIC POWDER THAT (He points to bottle on cart)

IS VERY SOON GONNA KNOCK HIM FLAT!

THEN I’LL SLICE UP THAT LITTLE BRAT (He makes chopping gesture with hook)

FROM LIMB TO LIMB!

EV’RY NIGHT THIS OLD MARAUDER

SNEAKS INTO HIS LAGOON WHERE I

PUT THE POWDER IN THE WATER;

WHEN HE DRINKS IT HE CAN’T FLY!

YOU CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT JOY IT BRINGS,

KNOWING I’VE FINALLY CLIPPED HIS WINGS!

EV’RY TIME HE DRINKS THE WATER (He mimes drinking water)

HE GETS WEAK AND STARTS TO TOTTER (He mimes tottering)

HE’LL BE READY FOR THE SLAUGHTER (He mimes drawing sword and waving it about)

BY MY HAND!

THEN I’LL RULE NEVER-NEVERLAND! (He laughs diabolically)

SMEE. So Peter Pan won’t be able to fly no more, eh Cap’n?

HOOK. Of course not! Within just a few hours of his drinking that poisoned water, Peter Pan will lose his ability to fly forever! Once he is rendered completely defenseless against me, he will be at my mercy. And then, my dear Smee, revenge will truly be mine! I shall rid myself of that blasted Peter Pan once and all! (He laughs again. SMEE laughs with him)

SMEE. You’ll show him who’s boss, eh Cap’n?

(HOOK stops laughing immediately and becomes serious again)

HOOK. Quick, Smee! Bring me paper and a quill! I must write a letter to Peter Pan!

SMEE. (Puzzled) Gee, Cap’n, are you and Peter Pan still pen pals?

HOOK. No, you bloody nincompoop! I am going to declare my victory over Peter Pan and tell him to leave Neverland at once, or else I will seek out him and his friends the Lost Boys, and one by one, I’ll fight them to the death! Without his ability to fly, he will cower from my sword, and then I will find him and force him to walk the plank or have a taste of my hook. And then I will lash him into crocodile meat!

(SMEE turns to exit then suddenly we hear the amplified sound of a clock ticking. The sound becomes louder as if it is coming closer to the ship. We now see an instant change overcome HOOK. He immediately turns coward and runs to his chair like a frightened child.)

HOOK. Do you hear that? It’s the crocodile! Hide me Smee!

(The ticking continues)

SMEE.  Now Cap’n, you are safe here. The croc is not going to get you!

HOOK. My heart. Smee, it’s my heart. Bring me my medicine, Smee. Hurry, before it’s too late!

SMEE. (Panicking) Aye, aye, Cap’n.

(SMEE runs around in a small circle, and then in his confusion, he drops his spectacles and steps on them. We hear the sound effect of glass being crushed. As he begins to bend over to pick them up, HOOK yells, “Smee! Hurry it up!” SMEE leaves the glasses on the floor and stumbles over to the cart, hurting his foot in the process when he walks directly into the cart and nearly knocks it over. He grabs the three containers marked MEDICINE, MAGIC POWDER, & POISON. Since he can no longer see, he turns to HOOK to read the labels for him but upon turning to his fearless leader who is now perched atop his chair like an elephant afraid of a mouse. SMEE again is prodded by HOOK’s Command, “Smmmee! Hurry!” SMEE drops the canister marked, MEDICINE, and upon tripping, he spills the canister labeled, “MAGIC POWDER”. Then with a large wooden spoon he begins feeding HOOK from the canister marked, POISON. SMEE hands HOOK the canister, and upon raising the spoon to his lips, HOOK sees the label and does a spit-take towards SMEE.)

HOOK. What are you trying to do, kill me? (Grabbing SMEE by the lapels) You would like that wouldn’t you? (SMEE first shakes his head “yes” in agreement in an act of confusion and fear, then realizing his mistake, shakes his head, “no” in the face of a very upset HOOK.) Well, you won’t get off that easy! Where’s the medicine?

(SMEE points to where he dropped the medicine canister, he now is crying tears not unlike the manner of Stan Laurel when he was ashamed or made a mistake.)

HOOK. (To SMEE, angrily) You dropped it? Why, you bumbling idiot! Why, I’ll… (Realizing that the MAGIC POWDER has been knocked to the floor) What’s this? Oh, no! You’ve dropped the magic powder that was meant for Peter Pan! You incompetent fool! You have ruined a week’s supply! Without the rest of this powder, Peter Pan could regain his flying powers before I can get my hook into him! Why, you’ll pay for this, Smee! If you have ruined my chance at beating Peter Pan, I’ll have your head! 

(HOOK draws SMEE near to him with his hook and snarls as SMEE cowers in fear.)

BLACKOUT-END OF SCENE.

SCENE 2-INSIDE THE NURSERY OF WENDY DARLING’S GRANDDAUGHTER, MARGARET

(The year is approximately 1945. As stage lights come up, we see the English nursery of Wendy Darling’s granddaughter, MARGARET. MARGARET is a young girl about ten year old, who is tucked snugly in her bed Stage Right and is being read to by her mother, JANE, Wendy’s daughter. She is a woman of about twenty-eight years old, who is seen seated in a rocking chair at the foot of the bed. The room is decorated simply. There is a huge divided window with open shutters and lace curtains and a padded window seat Upstage Left. Above MARGARET’S head is a dresser adorned with framed pictures of her father, a soldier, and assorted stuffed animals. There is a shelf of books Up Right, and various children’s toys and dolls scattered about the room. There is a grandfather’s clock Off Center Right. There are small shelves through-out the room where there are several odd-shaped clocks.)

JANE. (Reading from book) Of course in the end, Wendy let them fly away together. Jane would go with Peter Pan for a few hours every year so she could help him with his spring cleaning Wendy’s hair had now become white, and her figure was little again, for all this happened long ago.” You won’t forget me, Peter, will you?” She asked. Peter promised that he would not and then he flew away never to be seen again. The end.

MARGARET. Oh, Mummy, did Peter Pan really take you back with him to Neverland?

JANE. No, dear. It’s just a story written by Sir. James M. Barrie.

MARGARET. Read it again, Mummy. Please.

JANE. Not now, sweetheart. It’s time for bed.

MARGARET. Once more, Mummy. Please…

JANE. Say your prayers dear, and then I will sing you a lullaby.

(JANE crosses to bookshelf and puts the book away. As MARGARET finishes silently saying her prayers, JANE sings a tender lullaby during which she straightens up the nursery after tucking MARGARET into bed and kissing her forehead.)

SONG: LULLABY (SUNG BY JANE)

LULLABY, LULLABY

TIME TO SAY GOODNIGHT.

TWINKLING STARS FILL THE SKY,

MOON IS SHINING BRIGHT.

YOU HAVE HAD SUCH A BUSY DAY;

SANDMAN’S COMING SO DON’T DELAY!

SOON HE’LL SLIDE DOWN THOSE MOONLIGHT BEAMS,

WHISKING YOU OFF TO THE LAND OF DREAMS.

(MARGARET closes her eyes)

LULLABY, LULLABY,

MOTHER IS TIRED, TOO.

IN A WHILE I KNOW I’LL

BE FAST ASLEEP LIKE YOU.

AND TOMORROW YOU’LL LAUGH AND PLAY;

BUT TOMORROW’S ANOTHER DAY.

YOU NEED YOUR REST—SO DO I;

LULLABY, LULLABY.

(JANE dims the nursery lights at end of song and starts to exit. Suddenly, without warning, the night light flickers and the divided window flies open. The curtains blow forward as if propelled by a mysterious gust of wind. MUSIC: THE NEVER BIRD. We now see the large figure of the NEVER BIRD, a three-dimensional object of huge proportion with feathered wings glistening with pixy dust. On it’s back are THE LOST BOYS; SLIGHTLY, the self-appointed leader; TOOTLES, not the most brave, but certainly the most fortunate; CURLY, named for his curly hair; NIBS; the smallest in stature of the boys; and the two TWINS, whom can’t even tell themselves apart. THE LOST BOYS climb off the back of the NEVER BIRD and even spring forward through the divided window. )

JANE. (Startled) My word……

SLIGHTLY. (Calling out to JANE) Wendy? Is that you?

JANE. (She stands suddenly) Who are you?

SLIGHTLY. We’re the lost boys. (To others, under his breath) Boy, she has really changed!

JANE. Well, I don’t…wait a minute, YOU’RE the Lost Boys??? Of course, I’ve heard of you! But those were just stories. I never really believed that you actually existed!

CURLY. Wendy, don’t you remember us?

TOOTLES. (To SLIGHTLY) I don’t think that’s Wendy.

NIBS. (Pointing to MARGARET) Maybe that’s Wendy!

TWINS. (In unison) That doesn’t look like Wendy!

JANE. I’m afraid you are all mistaken. I’m not Wendy. My name is Jane, and over there is my daughter, Margaret. Wendy is my mother. 

SLIGHTLY. Where is Wendy? We have come for her help.

JANE. She doesn’t live here anymore …….

CURLY. But she used to, didn’t she?

JANE. Yes, this used to be her nursery when she was young. (Remembering…) I grew up listening to stories about you and Peter Pan and her “adventures” in Neverland in this very room but I didn’t think you were real……and now that I have thought about it, I believe that I, too, have been to Neverland, but it was a long time ago. I’m afraid after all these years I had thought it was all a dream.

NIBS. Where are Michael and John?

JANE. (Sadly) They are not here anymore. 

TWINS. Where did they go?

JANE. (In true maternal mode explaining the concept of reality to a child) They have all gone away. You see, they grew up a long, long time ago and have children of their own now. And even their children have children now, like me., But I have grown up, too, and have grown too old for unbelievable adventures.

SLIGHTLY. (Looking at MARGARET, who is asleep) What about your daughter?

JANE. (Crossing towards window seat approaching the LOST BOYS using herself to form a boarder between the LOST BOYS and her daughter.) Oh, no. not Margaret. I couldn’t let you take her with you!

NIBS. Why not?

JANE. She’s the only child I have.

TOOTLES. Is she intelligent?

JANE. Well, yes but…

NIBS. Does she know any good stories?

JANE. Well, I suppose, but…

CURLY. Is she clever?

TWINS. Is she brave?

TOOTLES. Does she like to laugh?

JANE. (Over-whelmed) Yes, I believe so, but why do you need her to go back with you to Neverland?

SLIGHTLY. Peter Pan’s in trouble!

NIBS. Captain Hook has found a way to steal Peter’s powers so he can no longer fly!

CURLY. And not only that, but now the Croc is sick!

JANE. What?

SLIGHTLY. The crocodile is Hook’s fiercest enemy. Yesterday at the lagoon, Nibs and Curly noticed that the Croc had taken ill.

CURLY. And now that Hook has heard that the Croc is sick, he has been causing trouble all over the island!

NIBS. Peter’s afraid that he’ll come looking for us so he has gone into hiding until he can regain his ability to fly again.

TOOTLES. We need to come up with a plan to get Hook!

TWINS. Hook must be stopped!

NIBS. He’s doing terrible things!

SLIGHTLY. Yesterday his ship, The Jolly Roger, was reclaimed from us. He hoisted anchor and set sail for Skull Rock where he has left a warning for Peter Pan!

CURLY. Then he set sail to Mermaid Lagoon where he stole all the mermaid’s coral combs!

NIBS. Now he’s headed for Indian Country!

SLIGHTLY. He’ll probably try to steal the Totem Poles or kidnap Princess Tiger Lily again!

TWINS. Next, he’ll come after us!

TOOTLES. We can’t find Peter anywhere! 

SLIGHTLY. Since we are without our leader, we were hoping that Wendy could help us. We thought she thought she would know what to do.

JANE. (Thinking out loud) Well, she does look enough like my mother that perhaps Peter might think she’s Wendy, and will come out of hiding to get a closer look and see for himself.

SLIGHTLY. Hey, that might work!

JANE. But how will you get her there? She can’t fly. That would be way too dangerous!

SLIGHTLY. She won’t have to fly. We rode in on the back of the giant Never Bird. It’s a much safer way to travel.

NIBS. And much easier!

TOOTLES. The bird does all the work!

CURLY. You see, if we hide within the comfort of the Never Bird’s soft feathers we can’t be spotted in the air by Captain Hook’s pirate crew. Otherwise we would be flying targets easy to spot in the air.

JANE. Alright, then. I suppose if she wants to go with you, I will allow you to take Margaret back to Neverland with you, but only for a few hours. Please promise me that you will take good care of her!

SLIGHTLY. We will!

JANE. Okay, then. I’ll wake her.

(JANE crosses to MARGARET’S bed and gently wakens her daughter) Margaret, darling. Wake up, sweetheart.

MARGARET. (Sleepily) What is it mother?

JANE. Darling, I’m sorry to wake you, but it’s important. Remember those stories I told you about Peter Pan?

(MARGARET slowly nods “yes”)

JANE. Well, they aren’t make believe. They really happened.

MARGARET. I know, mother. You told me so.

JANE. Well, yes dear, But I didn’t really believe they were true myself until just a few minutes ago. All this time I thought they were just stories but you knew that Never Land actually existed?

MARGARET. (Nodding “yes”) Second star to the right, and straight on til morning.

SLIGHTLY. That’s it! (To others) She knows the way!

MARGARET. (Startled she rises to see they are not alone in the nursery) The Lost Boys!

NIBS. She knows us!

MARGARET. (Excitedly) Have you come to take me to see Peter Pan?

(THE LOST BOYS all nod “yes”)

JANE. They need your help, dear. I’m afraid that Peter Pan’s in trouble!

MARGARET. Are they going to teach me to fly?

JANE. No dear. They are on a top secret mission, so they have flown here on the back of the giant Never-Bird. (She gestures out the nursery window to the NEVER BIRD)

MARGARET. Why, it’s beautiful! I get to ride on that?

SLIGHTLY. (Taking charge) Of course. We’ll even let you sit up front.

NIBS. Do you know any stories? (Margaret nods “yes”)

(THE LOST BOYS begin to guide MARGARET towards the window)

SLIGHTLY. Goodbye, Jane. Thank you for your help. 

MARGARET. Goodbye, Mother. I’m going to see Peter Pan!

JANE. Goodbye, dear. Have a safe journey! Oh but wait! I have something for you to take with you in case you need them to help Peter defeat Captain Hook! 

(Quickly JANE grabs a pillow case from MARGARET’s bed and scurries about the room gathering clocks from inside the room and places them inside the pillow case. She hands the pillowcase to MARGARET.)

JANE, Take these with you in case you need them, sweetheart.

MARGARET. But why, mother? 

JANE. When the time comes you’ll know what to do with them.  (She hugs her and turns to SLIGHTLY) Make sure you have her returned to me by morning! 

SLIGHTLY. Yes, of course. We will bring Margaret back before sunset tomorrow!

JANE. London time!

SLIGHTLY. (Shaking his head “yes” then under his breath to MARGARET) Boy, am I ever glad I don’t have a mother!

 

TWINS. Goodbye.

MUSIC: THE NEVER BIRD (INSTRUMENTAL).

(MARGARET and THE LOST BOYS wave goodbye as they climb onto the back of the NEVER BIRD and drift away into the night Sky. JANE waves sadly goodbye.)

JANE. Goodbye. Have a safe journey. (Softly) I wish I could go with you…

BLACKOUT. END OF SCENE

SCENE 3- INDIAN TERRITORY IN NEVERLAND

(The scene begins DOWN-IN-ONE. As lights come up in front of the closed Main Curtain, we see several INDIAN BRAVES onstage, including CHIEF SITTING DUCK, who holds a tom-tom drum.) 

SONG: WE ARE INDIANS (SUNG BY CHIEF SITTING DUCK & INDIAN BRAVES)

WE ARE INDIANS, INDIANS

FEARLESS WARRIOR BRAVES;

YOU KNOW WHEN YOU MAKE AN INDIAN ANGRY

NOTHING CAN SAVE YOU!

ALL US INDIANS, INDIANS

NOW MUST SETTLE SCORE.

YOU SEE, WE NATIVE AMERICANS

GET HERE LONG TIME BEFORE YOU.

YOU STEAL COUNTRY AWAY FROM US;

THAT MAKES US UNHAPPY.

YOU TAKE TOM-TOM AND PLAY FOR US WAR DANCE AND MAKE IT SNAPPY!

(A pre-selected audience member is brought onstage to play the tom-tom. As the audience member plays the tom-tom, the INDIAN BRAVES and CHIEF SITTING DUCK sing the following verse which is to be sung slower, and in a more sinister fashion.)

NOW WE SCALP YOU AND YOU WILL GET 

HEADACHE VERY SLITTING!

LOOK AT PALEFACES—THEY ALL UPSET!

(INDIAN BRAVES sing at a faster tempo while looking at audience)

HEY, WE ONLY WERE KIDDING!

(During the applause, the audience member is led back to their seat by CHIEF SITTING DUCK. INDIAN BRAVES exit laughing. The MAIN CURTAIN opens revealing PRINCESS TIGER LILY center stage in front of Neverland backdrop surrounded by three self-standing totem poles.)

MUSIC: WE ARE INDIANS (INSTRUMENTAL)

(TIGER LILY dances around totem poles in time to the music unaware that she is being watched by CAPTAIN HOOK’S PIRATE CREW, who sneak onstage one by one during dance. The PIRATES station themselves behind or around the totem poles. STARKEY hides behind stage right totem pole; CECCO hides behind Center Stage totem; NOODLER has hidden behind the Stage Left Totem. MULLINS peeks behind a rock or shrub Down-Right; JUKES hides behind a tree Down-Left. During the dance, STARKEY, NOODLER, and CECCO, one at a time, in that order, tip-toe offstage carrying the lightweight totem poles. TIGER LILY notices the missing totem pole each time after it had been taken off, but is always facing another direction while they are being lifted and carried offstage. Finally, after stalking the last remaining totem, she begins spinning around in pirouettes, and fails to see CECCO exit with the last remaining totem. She then notices that the rock and the tree, from which MULLINS and JUKES are hiding behind, begin to close in on her. She becomes suspicious at the end of the dance, as she begins to exit, they pop out to capture her but she kicks them in the shins and knocks their heads together ala THREE STOOGES. She then flees Off-Left. The two remaining PIRATES begin to exit in her direction when they hear the offstage voices of THE LOST BOYS. Quickly, they run back to their hiding places, which they now move to Down Stage. They hide as THE LOST BOYS and MARGARET enter joyously from off-Stage Right.).

MARGARET. Why, Neverland is lovely I can see why you would never want to grow up and move away. I bet you could spend forever looking at the clouds and star-filled skies.

SLIGHTLY. Oh, yes. Our days are much longer than yours back in London.

CURLY. One hour in Never-Neverland equals an entire day in your world!

NIBS. But in Neverland you never grow older.

TOOTLES. We are all the same age now as when we first got here.

MARGARET. You mean to t

Peter Pan In Trouble

Author: David Reiser
DAVID REISER (composer/lyricist) has written 50 musicals, 30 of which have been published and are in continuous production throughout the U.S., Canada and — occasionally — abroad. Some of Mr. Reiser’s more significant productions include MOLINEAUX, at Theatre Row Theatre in New York City; BALLET RUSSES at Rosemary Branch Theatre, London; BEN at the National Theatre (Helen Hayes stage) in Washington, DC.; and MRS. SCROOGE at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago. Author: Donald J. Leonard, Jr.
Donald is the author of many musicals and plays most of which are unpublished with the exception of THE FROG PRINCE with Pioneer Drama and of course MRS. SCROOGE. Donald received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater in June of 1989 from Columbia College in Chicago, IL. He then received his Master of Arts in Teaching in May of 1994 also from Columbia College. Currently he is employed as an Elementary Art Specialist in Las Vegas, NV. In his spare time, Donald works with the After School All Stars (formerly the Greater Las Vegas Inner City Games Organization) where he is employed as a Multi-Cultural Arts Director and has recently joined the staff of the Nevada Youth Alliance’s production of TAPESTRY, a youth musical that will run for a year during the upcoming Las Vegas Centennial.

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