Learning To Fly 


Lindsey Roberts pulls on a ragged, paint-stained pair of sneakers in a color that's difficult to identify. "These are my [Peter] Pan shoes," she says, pulling the laces tight. "I've worn these shoes for Pan every year I've done it."

Onstage at Playhouse on the Square, where Peter Pan opens this weekend, technicians are working with harnesses and wires, preparing to teach the young actors playing Wendy, Michael, and John how to fly.

Roberts (pictured on the left with her "co-Pan" Laura Stracko) started playing Peter Pan in 1999, sharing the role with Playhouse regular Courtney Oliver. But lately, she hasn't been seeing too much of J.M. Barrie's boy who won't grow up. Playhouse shelved the popular Christmas show in 2006, before the construction of a new theater that would allow Peter Pan to fly like never before.

"I found out I was pregnant," Roberts says, remembering the last flight in her Pan shoes and anticipating her next. "I felt like it would be different as a parent. I thought it would affect me more in my relationship with the Lost Boys. But it actually has done more to help me understand Wendy's importance as a mother figure. [It helps me understand] why I'm trying to convince her with all of my heart, using every trick I have, to come back to Neverland with me: 'Look, I've got this really great island where it's winter, spring, summer, and fall all at the same time. And also I can fly.'"

Roberts, whose strong dancer's body and angular elfin features make her such a natural, stands and stretches and makes her way to the stage to help with the harnesses. For the first time on a Playhouse stage, actors can spin in their harnesses. They can move in directions they've never moved before, and it's clear that Roberts is as anxious to take to the sky as the kids are. "Oh my gosh, it's so different. It's so awesome," she says.

"Peter Pan" at Playhouse on the Square, November 19th-December 23rd. For reservations and ticket info, call 726-4656.



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment



Tiger Blue

Penny Speaks, We Listen

Hungry Memphis

Michael Donahue's Best Bets: Irish Car Bomb

News Blog

RDC Rebooted as 'Memphis River Parks Partnership'

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Jones Rolling With Short Films

News Blog

Southern Hot Wings Festival 2018

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Music Video Monday: Don Lifted

Politics Beat Blog

Weekend Review: Confederate Statues Loom Over GOP Debates

Music Blog

Keith Sykes Leads Ardent Into a New Era

We Saw You

Drew Erwin opens downtown studio. Plus party news.


More by Chris Davis

Readers also liked…

© 1996-2018

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation