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By Jeanné McCartin
Seacoast Online

PORTSMOUTH — The Prescott Park Arts Festival is bringing back “Peter Pan” as its summer 2015 main stage production.

“‘Peter Pan’ is such a great show to see on the Seacoast in the summer,” Producing Director John Moynihan said. “We’re bringing it back because it’s a timeless classic, a show people never tire of … and we really wanted to put a new spin on an old classic.”

Lost boys, pirates and fairies have graced the park’s stage a few times, its last production in 2010. The team and the times will make this year's production a standout, Moynihan said.

The festival has hired Patrick Dorow, of Patrick Dorow Productions, as the season’s artistic director. Dan Beaulieu of Seven Stages Shakespeare Company is the main stage show director. Both men have performed and directed numerous times at the park, and Dorow has performed as mainstage music director and musician.

“With the creative team we’ve put together, it’s going to be a very exciting production,” Moynihan said.

The festival’s selection’s committee pared its choices to a handful before determining “Peter Pan” was not only an audience favorite, but it would showcase “just how far we’ve come,” Moynihan said.

“As people have known, over the past eight years we’ve really had great growth. So now we really want to show that we’re ready to take the musical up to the next level.”

As to how both spin and growth will present itself; “You just have to come see the show!” Moynihan said. “People should expect all the flying and the excitement that goes with that, but think of an exciting take on it.”

“Peter Pan” will open June 26 and run through Aug. 23.

There is no pre-casting and the park is looking for both area and regional performers. The main stage team will attend the New England Theatre Conference auditions March 14 and 15 and hold local auditions at the University of New Hampshire March 21 and 22. Interested performers can visit www.prescottpark.org for more information.