ARC Theater department set to perform sequel to classic fairytale

“Lost Girl” follows Wendy Darling 10 years after meeting Peter Pan and the Lost Boys

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The American River College Department of Theater Arts & Film will perform “Lost Girl” starting on Feb. 25, 2022. The story follows Wendy, played by Lili Young, 10 years after her experience with the Lost Boys and Peter Pan. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Shearer)

Samuel Berg, News Editor

The American River College’s Department of Theater & Film will perform “Lost Girl,” a dramatic comedy written by Kimberly Belflower. The department will perform six live productions on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, starting Feb. 25.

“Lost Girl” follows the story of Wendy Darling 10 years after her experience with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. As Wendy continues to get older, she continues to remember her joys of childhood and memories of Peter Pan. The audience gets to watch Wendy’s journey from trying to let go of her magical past as she builds new connections to embrace the world outside of Neverland.

Tracy Martin Shearer, director of “Lost Girl,” says that this play’s message speaks to the youth of today’s world. Following the story of Wendy struggling to let go of the past as she gets older can directly relate with young adults who have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic she says. 

Tracy Martin Shearer, director of “Lost Girl,” says that this play’s message speaks to the youth of today’s world. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Shearer)

“It is specifically important to the 20-somethings out there who have suffered such a loss of connection during the pandemic and who are facing the challenges of growing into adults in an incredibly complicated world,” Shearer said in an email to the Current.

Shearer says that Wendy’s journey is representative of anyone who is having a difficult time letting go of the past and embracing the future. The story empathizes with those who have loved and lost, offers strength to those who need the courage to embrace change, and encourages the cynical to look at life through a more magical lens.

“The connections we form with other people bring purpose and pleasure to our lives is at the heart of the play,” Shearer said. “Each character on stage offers lessons on the beauty and challenge of fully experiencing life.”

The ARC theater department will be enforcing safety protocols that are required for audience members who are watching in person. Masks and proof of vaccination will be required before entering the theater. 

The live shows will take place Feb. 25-26 and March 4-5 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 27 and March 6 at 2 p.m. There will also be live streams of the show on March 11 and 13. All of the shows will have an 80 minute run time.

Tickets can be purchased on the ARC theater website, and will also be sold at the door. All tickets are $10.

For any other information regarding tickets or the location of the ARC theater, visit the department website here