MBU Theatre’s ‘Peter Pan’ takes flight, spreads joy to families affected by illness

J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play,”Peter Pan,” took flight as a Broadway musical more than 60 years ago and is still a treasure to the stage today. Missouri Baptist University Theatre is bringing the high-flying production to the stage of the Pillsbury Chapel & Dale Williams Fine Arts Center from March 23-25.

Offering something a little different, MBU Theatre director Kasey Cox said she hopes to spread the magic of Neverland by offering a free performance exclusively to children with illnesses along with their family, friends, hospital staff and caretakers that serve them. This special performance will be held Saturday, March 25 at 1 p.m.

“Our goal is to completely pack out our almost 1,000-seat auditorium with people who need to escape for just a couple of hours,” Cox said. “Wouldn’t that be a fantastic way to be Jesus to our community?”

The desire to provide this free show was inspired by playwright J.M. Barrie, who gave all the rights to “Peter Pan” to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1929. The rights were confirmed upon Barrie’s death in 1937 and the hospital received royalties every time a production of the play was put on, as well as from the sale of related books and other products.

The cast and crew, along with MBU faculty and staff, have been inviting St. Louis-area hospitals and organizations. Families with children affected by physical illnesses wishing to attend can reserve their tickets early by calling the box office at 314-392-2345 and using the code word, “Pixie Dust.”

In addition to a free show for children, MBU Theatre will be hosting a benefit featuring a character meet-and-greet, games and a real-life pirate ship. The $25 ticket includes entry to the event and the 7:30 p.m. performance. Proceeds will benefit Matt’s Hats, a non-profit created by MBU junior Matt Williams with a mission to provide hats to children in the hospital.

Event Details

March 23, 2017 – March 26, 2017
One College Park Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141

$15 General Admission
$12 Senior (65+)/Non-MBU Students
$7.50 MBU Faculty & Staff
$2.50 MBU Students (limit 2 per valid ID)
MBU students will receive chapel credit for attending