CGI Meets Theater Meets “Peter Pan”

The people on strings are there. But much more.

Kevin Berne

Cirque du Soleil may be bidding adieu to its big top, at least when it alights at the Kodak Theatre in 2011.

But that doesn't mean other large-scale productions aren't going the big-top route and teching up the theater world, with CG-y touches and video and other wow-inducing wizardry. One such show is "Peter Pan," and it is touching down under a huge big top at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Official opening night is Sunday, Oct. 3.

If the thought that the actor-carrying-strings of "Peter Pan" may be scotched in a tech-heavy show is pulling your strings, don't let it. The strings are still there. Thank goodness. Joining the classic strings, however, is a "more than 15,000 square feet of High-Resolution video." And, the major headline: "the world's first 360-degree CGI theater set."

Tinkerbell's got a run for her money on the magic-making front, clearly.

If you're hoping that this production might touch down somewhere in LA, that's never(land) going to happen, at least on this run; OCPAC is its sole Southern California stop. It's already been to San Francisco, and, appropriately enough, London.

"Peter Pan" is a presentation of threesixty, and runs at OCPAC through Nov. 21, 2010.

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