Makena’s Artifact 5

Makena 5

Early TVs had “rabbit ear” antenna to help improve improve the signal. Some of the first people to watch the recorded TV version of Peter Pan may have had such antenna on the tops of their TVs.

PETER PAN (J.M. Barrie): The timeless tale about a boy who never grew up. The three Darling children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Land, where an ongoing war between Peter’s gang of Lost Boys and the evil pirates, lead by Captain Hook is taking place.

According to J.M. Barrie, “those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”  This simple statement is true of those who work on the stage.  In 1904 when Peter Pan originally opened in London, it was widely received by audiences, but was still only accessible to a small amount of the public.  Because of the advancement of technology and the invention of the television an unfathomable number of people are now reachable.

TVs became the main medium for entertainment and advertising to the public in the 1950s.  This popularization made it possible for beloved plays to reach more audiences than ever before.  Barrie’s Peter Pan was adapted and broadcasted on NBC in 1954 as the first full-length Broadway production on color TV.   This broadcast broke the record for a single television program, reaching an audience of 65-million people.  Because of how well this broadcast was the play was restaged again in 1956 and 1960.  The 1960 version was rebroadcast in 1963, 1966, 1973, 1989, and 1990.  It was even released on VHS (1990) and DVD (1999).

Though Barrie’s original play has been adapted, the story of Peter Pan is still being told on the stage today.  Because of the technology of the television audiences have been reached through the decades, lasting almost 110 years.  This timeless tale has been shared with countless individuals and will continue to draw people to the theatre thanks to the film adaptation.

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