Prescott Park - Opening Night of Peter Pan on June 25th


PORTSMOUTH, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival (PPAF) will celebrate opening night of its 36th season on June 25th with the first performance of Peter Pan.   The musical adaptation of the cherished play by Sir James M. Barrie will be presented on the FairPoint Communications MainStage Thursday through Sunday evenings, starting June 25th and continuing until August 22nd.  Directed by David Kaye and produced by Ben Anderson, the show will feature a full cast of characters, including Peter Pan, Wendy Darling, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and many more.  PPAF is proud to announce that the show will be complete with flying effects, as provided by ZFX, Inc. 

Annually, over 185,000 Seacoast residents and tourists visit the park to enjoy a performance of the season musical, and this year's production promises to reach new levels.  Audience members will notice a special twist this season as the production will features two actresses alternating roles of Peter Pan and Wendy Darling throughout the season.  Allyson Capetta and Megan Quinn will spend equal time in both roles, and add richness and texture to each performance. 

Quinn states that, "To play both Peter and Wendy is a welcome challenge for me as an actor, and I couldn't have asked for a better counterpart than Ally.  She and I are able to play off of each other, regardless of which character we are portraying, and help each other out while staying true to our own ideas of who Wendy and Peter are."  

While the entire cast will offer a talented and impressive performance, the Park itself is often a celebrated "character", as well.  "Being foreign to New Hampshire, I was not aware of the Prescott Park Arts Festival tradition in Portsmouth, but I find myself growing very attached to it.  Living states away from my family, it is a hidden jewel where one finds their home away from home," says Allyson Capetta. 

Quinn adds, "The Park has such a positive feeling about it.  People come for more than just a show; they come for the whole experience of packing a picnic, setting out blankets and chairs, and rounding up friends and family of all ages to join them."

Commenting on the celebrated story behind the musical, director David Kaye states,"I think Peter Pan rests so firmly in our collective imagination because deep down, we all want what he has- perhaps not so much eternal childhood, but boundless imagination and limitless freedom. We all wish we could relive that time in our lives when we had no responsibility except to live each day for the fullest and we really believed we could fly."

Since 1974, Prescott Park Arts Festival has successfully reached over 3.5 million people through more than 10,000 music, theater, dance and art productions offered at no fixed admission on the banks of the Piscataqua River.  The 36th season will feature the aforementioned presentation of Peter Pan as the festival's signature musical production, as well as a variety of international artists, such as Judy Collins, Livingston Taylor and Steve Earle, as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series and various music festivals.

Located on 3.5 acres in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, Prescott Park Arts Festival is considered to be a gem of the Seacoast and introduces many residents to their first experience with a live performance.  For the entire season schedule or to become a Member or Sponsor, please visit our website at or call 603-436-2848.