Lost Girl by Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, PA
April 27, 2022
Review submitted by Claire Meachen of Phoenixville Area High School
What happens after Neverland? When pixie dust and Peter Pan are no more?
Abington Friends School’s production of Lost Girl tells the story of Wendy years after her return from Neverland. She struggles with growing up and moving on as she consults people in her life who try to discover what happened to her, what is going on with her now, and how she is supposed to move forward. Suddenly, the classic tale of Peter Pan becomes a tale of young adulthood and finding one’s way.
The production overall was extremely well-timed. The entire cast and crew shared clear communication amongst them all as they seamlessly worked from scene to scene, exhibiting both Wendy’s own thoughts and characters of their own.
Nora Monahan (Wendy) carried the weight of the show, never stepping offstage for a moment. Her completely realistic moments of tragedy or impartiality further explored every nuance of the show. Monahan’s easy swinging between child-like and grown-up behavior also made the transition of her character increasingly relatable to the show’s target audience.
Isaiah Kirkland (Slightly) proved to be a force to be reckoned with on stage. His effortless and natural delivery of his lines conveyed intimacy and hidden feelings, feelings that the audience would not know Slightly had without Kirkland’s small quips, fidgets, or glances. Morgan Wilkins (Therapist) was also able to embody a complete understanding of her character. She exhibited emotional maturity not usually seen in high school theatre, but most definitely welcomed.
From the plethora of toys lining the stage, to the letters falling from the ceiling, Julia Rubin (Stage Manager), Olivia Blumenthal (Assistant Stage Manager), and Lucy Yingliang Duan (Props Manager) added a layer of complexity to the show that certainly did not go unnoticed. The amount of detail put into each prop was very clear and enhanced the show to a high degree.
Abington Friends School’s Lost Girl takes the audience on a journey of growing up with superb intimacy and consequential captivation.
Review submitted by Kyra Keenan of Upper Merion Area High School
Have you heard about the girl? Some say Wendy Darling has gone mad, but in actuality, she’s lost something back in Neverland. Abington Friends School’s production of Lost Girl takes a beloved story and digs into the contemporary heartbreak it caused.
Wendy gives herself eight minutes to think about Peter Pan each day. Some memories she keeps, some she discards, and others she can’t seem to part with. She leaves the window open in the hopemof Peter’s return, leaving her with an unshakable sore throat and a persistent sadness. Wendy realizes that Peter has something of hers: a kiss. For Wendy to finally move out of the nursery and grow up, she knows she needs her kiss back. Wendy embarks on a harrowing emotional journey in Kimberly Belflower’s Lost Girl.
Abington Friends School’s magical performance highlights both the magic and the destitute aspects of Neverland. The entire cast displayed entrancing, indicative body language and engaged dialogue. Student-composed music by Katie Brady-Gold and Clay Lewis enhanced every scene with specific musical motifs for each character.
Wendy Darling, the lost girl herself, was excellently portrayed by Nora Monahan. Remaining onstage throughout the entirety of the show, Monahan admirably portrayed the grief that comes with growing up. She had excellent chemistry with the Lost Boys, fulfilling her motherly promises to care for them. Monahan’s emotional evolution was realistic and deep.
The Lost Boys (Oliver Peterson, Isaiah Kirkland, Nelson Cordon, and Sadie Mills) depicted the fun-loving and upbeat energy of young children. The ensemble played around with each other like true brothers. Specifically, Isaiah Kirkland (Slightly) was both comedic and emotional in his interactions with Wendy, making for a believable budding romance. Also notable was the therapist (Morgan Wilkins) whose optimistic energy was heart-winning.
The AFS Tech Crew added to the magic of the show, as it was well-equipped with special effects. Through sparkling falling snow or mysterious falling letters, the entire atmosphere filled with Abington’s performance. Stage Manager Julia Rubin kept the show running smoothly, perfectly orchestrating scene changes and managing a nursery’s worth of props.
Between grief and personal growth, Abington Friends School’s production of Lost Girl leaves the audience anything but lost.