Dreams come alive as Peter Pan musical delights Riyadh fans

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The play attracted a large number of people in Riyadh. Peter Pan is a famous play by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. Pan is a little boy who can fly. (Photos/Supplied)
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The play attracted a large number of people in Riyadh. Peter Pan is a famous play by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. Pan is a little boy who can fly. (Photos/Supplied)
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The play attracted a large number of people in Riyadh. Peter Pan is a famous play by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. Pan is a little boy who can fly. (Photos/Supplied)
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The play attracted a large number of people in Riyadh. Peter Pan is a famous play by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. Pan is a little boy who can fly. (Photos/Supplied)
Updated 12 November 2019

Dreams come alive as Peter Pan musical delights Riyadh fans

  • Audience’s loudest cheers greet famous Disney villain Captain Hook, played by Paul Schoeffler

RIYADH: Hundreds of Saudis saw their dreams come to life with a visit to Neverland as part of a stage production of “Peter Pan” in Riyadh.

The play opened with the characters Wendy Darling played by Ashley Marie Samudio, John Darling played by Bradley Bundlie and little Michael Darling played by Bundlie’s brother Bowie. Samudio described “Peter Pan” as magical, adding: “It takes you out of this world and shows you a wonderful place that everyone would like to visit.” All three actors agreed that the roles were among their favorites during an interview with Arab News. Bradley Bundlie said: “It is a lot of work when you are in ‘Peter Pan.’ But working with this amazing cast was a great experience.”
Later in the performance, Peter Pan, played by Sarah Marie Jenkins, flew in sparkling “fairy dust,” followed by Tinker Bell. “I have been playing various roles in the show for many years and I love it, it is fun and challenging,” Jenkins said.

I have been playing various roles in the show for many years and I love it, it is fun and challenging.

Sarah Marie Jenkins

“There aren’t many shows where you can fly, sing, dance, sword fight and play the drums — and I get to do all of them.” The audience’s loudest cheers greeted famous Disney villain Captain Hook, played by Paul Schoeffler. “The play is a huge part of my life. I have done it on Broadway for a year and am known for playing this character,” Schoeffler said.
“As an actor, it is a lot of fun to play this character. I can be creative with it any way I want, and I feel very lucky.”

HIGHLIGHTS

• The play opened with the characters Wendy Darling played by Ashley Marie Samudio, John Darling played by Bradley Bundlie and little Michael Darling played by Bundlie’s brother Bowie.

• Samudio describes ‘Peter Pan’ as magical, saying ‘it takes you out of this world and shows you a wonderful place that everyone would like to visit.’

• The event ‘shows you a wonderful place that everyone would like to visit.’

• The show ends with Peter Pan flying overhead, sprinkling fairy dust over the audience.

The show ended with Peter Pan flying overhead, sprinkling fairy dust over the audience. “I like to see everybody smiling and the children enjoy it,” said Jenkins. Alea Jordan, who played Nibs, said: “I have loved this world my whole life. It is amazing how children from around the world come to see us.”
Ahmed Hareeri, senior marketing manager for Careem, who was among the audience, said: “This is the first time I have genuinely enjoyed a musical here. ‘Peter Pan’ is one of the best stories I have ever seen.”


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.