Venue Details

Spreckels Theatre
121 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 14 members
Review from Philip Anthony Rodriguez
Red Velvet 9 events 3 reviews

Although the production was inspiring, it was a tad lackluster for our 12 year olds second ballet. We were not aware that it was going to be pre-recorded music and sans an orchestra.
Having said that, the dancers were wonderful. The young lady...continued

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Review from Nancy B.
31 events 15 reviews

The theater is beautiful. Parking for the theater isa lot right around the corner. The props and flying apparatus in this ballet were done very well. The dancers who played Wendy, Tinkerbell, Jonathan and Michael were excellent.

Brought my...continued

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49 events 14 reviews

Beautiful! The one thing missing was the orchestra, but the elaborate costumes and stage props made up for it.

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Review from glen holland
79 events 13 reviews

Being an avid supporter of City Ballet I thought this production was beautifully done, thanks mainly to Flying by Foy that allowed Wendy, Michael & John to "magically" fly to Never Never Land. Tinker Bell (Janica Smith) emoted the role beautifully...continued

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City Ballet of San Diego continues its 17th season with a magical production of Peter Pan, directed by Las Vegas choreographer Bruce Steivel. The story of Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and Tinker Bell comes to life on the Spreckels Theatre stage in a stunning production, filled with dazzling costumes and high-flying special effects.

Under the direction of City Ballet artistic directors, Las Vegas choreographer Bruce Steivel mixes ballet and fantasy to create a magical show to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. An award-winning choreographer and teacher, Mr. Steivel was previously the Artistic Director of Bern Stadt Theatre in Switzerland, the Hong Kong Ballet, the Universal Ballet of Korea and most recently Nevada Ballet Theatre, where he served as artistic director for over a decade. He has created many original works for international companies, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a new Romeo and Juliet and Peter Pan.


Music composer Thomas Semanski has created the original score for Bruce Steivel’s_ Peter Pan_. In addition to his work on commercials, movie soundtracks, and experimental electronic compositions, Mr. Semanski has composed four full-length ballets. His first ballet, Dracula, was performed all over the U.S.A. and won an ASCAP Popular Music award. Peter Pan is Mr. Semanski’s fourth ballet composition.

Colorful sets and costumes for Peter Pan are by Catherine I. Irving, courtesy of Eugene Ballet. For the unique flying effects, City Ballet has engaged the premier stage flying effects provider, Flying by Foy. Since 1950, Flying By Foy’s innovative systems have allowed for soaring aerial choreography that thrills audiences and has become the standard of the industry. Foy continues to lead the industry in safety, artistry, innovation, and collaboration, from scores of Broadway shows, to NASA moon simulations and angels flying in churches.

The Story

In London, the Darling children, John, Wendy, and Michael, love hearing the wonderful tales of Peter Pan’s adventures with the friendly Indians and nasty pirates. One night, as Wendy is telling John and Michael a story, Peter Pan arrives looking for his shadow. Finally catching the shadow, Wendy helps Peter sew it back on as the other Darling children watch in amazement. How could Peter Pan thank them for all they had done? After all, the children are growing, and Peter comes from the land where you never grow up. So … Peter Pan summons Tinker Bell to sprinkle pixie dust over the children and tells them to think happy thoughts so they can fly away with him to Neverland, where everyone is always a child at heart. In Neverland, the evil Captain Hook captures Tinker Bell and the Darling children and holds them captive while looking for Peter Pan. Wendy is about to walk the plank as Tinker Bell reaches Peter Pan and guides him to the ship. Peter saves Neverland and the Darling children by throwing Captain Hook back into the waters, where the Crocodile who took his hand years ago is ready and waiting for him. Pixie dust flies once more, taking the children back home, never to be bothered by Captain Hook again. And, as Peter Pan and Tinker Bell fly away, they promise never to forget the children.

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