Sixteen-year-old Nolan Almeida will play the iconic role of ‘Peter Pan’. An Orange County, California native, Nolan was most recently seen as ‘Crutchie’ in Newsies at 5-Star Theatricals and was featured in “Christmas on Repeat” on Hulu. Joining him will be Cody Garcia as ‘Captain Hook’ who most recently starred as ‘Willy Wonka’ in the national tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and as ‘Buddy’ in Elf; Emerson College graduate Hawa Kamara as ‘Wendy’ and acclaimed recording artist Raye Zaragoza as ‘Tiger Lily’.
Director Lonny Price is thrilled to introduce Nolan Almeida as the high-flying Peter Pan. “Nolan embodies all the beautiful contradictions of Peter. He’s an extraordinarily gifted young actor, a wonderful singer and nothing short of magical. Cody Garcia as Captain Hook is utterly modern, surprising and one of the most engaging actors I’ve ever worked with.”
“I also want to celebrate Hawa Kamara, making her professional debut as Wendy! A wildly charismatic young actress, who’s as talented as she is beautiful. And rounding out this sensational group is Raye Zaragoza as Tiger Lily – brilliant multi-faceted recording artist and actress. This company is simply going to blow people away and I cannot wait for audiences across the country to fall in love with each of them.”
The full cast will be announced at a later date.
Based on Sir James M. Barrie’s classic tale and originally directed, choreographed and adapted by Broadway legend Jerome Robbins, Peter Pan features an iconic and unforgettable score by Morris (Moose) Charlap, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and additional music by Jule Styne.
Peter Pan is directed by Lonny Price, with additional book by Larissa FastHorse, choreography by Lorin Latarro and aerial choreography by Paul Rubin, with music supervision and additional arrangements by Andy Einhorn and dance arrangements by David Dabbon. The national tour has scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Sarafina Bush, lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker, sound design by Kai Harada, projections by David Bengali, hair & make-up design by J. Jared Janas, fight direction by Rick Sordelet & Christian Kelly-Sordelet and “Tinker Bell” design by Paul Kieve. The Associate Director is Matt Cowart and the Associate Choreographer is Travis Waldschmidt, with casting by ARC/Duncan Stewart, CSA and additional casting by Michael Donovan Casting. The production is licensed by Music Theatre International.
NOLAN ALMEIDA (Peter Pan) appeared as Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the age of seven, and he’s been acting ever since. His last appearance was as Crutchie in Newsies directed by Richard J. Hinds at 5-Star Theatricals. Nolan hails from Orange County, California, and aside from acting, he likes songwriting and playing guitar, skateboarding and playing basketball. His favorite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio, his favorite movie is Titanic, and his favorite singer/songwriter is Bruno Major. He likes apple pie and vanilla ice cream (yup) and his favorite foods are tacos and beef with broccoli. (But not together.) Playing this iconic role and getting to introduce his generation to the magic of Peter Pan is a dream come true! Endless gratitude to his acting coach Danielle Keaton for introducing him to the art in acting, as well as his family and friends for their constant support.
CODY GARCIA (Captain Hook) is a tall and stereotypically indecisive Libra that never acted before but is excited to figure out how it works today. In their spare time, Cody enjoys being a wall flower at social gatherings, dancing like people are watching and honking at chickens who are taking their sweet time crossing the road. Like most people, Cody lies awake at night wondering what life was like before they sliced bread. One would have to assume it was a pretty crazy time prior to that. Cody would like to dedicate their performance to all the pirates and none of the crocodiles – you know what you did. National tours: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Wonka), Elf (Buddy). Other credits: Urinetown (Officer Lockstock), the Star Wars Ballet (Darth Vader) and Oklahoma (Roustabout #3). Alma mater: Boston Conservatory. IG: @popgoesthecultureshock
HAWA KAMARA (Wendy) is absolutely delighted to be making her professional debut playing Wendy Darling in Peter Pan. She recently graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Musical Theatre and is now based in New York City. Some of her favorite credits include Jelly’s Last Jam (Anita), Heathers: the Musical (Veronica Sawyer) and Spitfire Grill (Hannah Ferguson). Hawakamara.com
RAYE ZARAGOZA (Tiger Lily) has been called “one of the freshest and most compelling voices in folk music today” by NPR. The LA-based singer-songwriter, who recently released her third studio album Hold That Spirit, makes political folk music that is informed by her identity as a woman of mixed Indigenous, Asian and Latina heritage. In addition to inspiring change with her music and performing at iconic venues like Red Rocks Amphitheater and Lincoln Center, Zaragoza also writes the music for Netflix’s ‘Spirit Rangers.’ She is thrilled to return to the theatrical stage as Tiger Lily. Follow the journey @rayezaragoza.
Photos: Jeremy Daniel.
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