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'Peter Pan' flies into the Fabulous Fox

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Photo: Michael Lamont "Peter Pan" takes stage at the Fox Theatre with its opening night on Tuesday.

IF YOU GO

• What: “Peter Pan”

• When: 8 p.m. Tuesday through Aug. 10, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 11, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Aug. 12

• Where: The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta

• Cost: $34 to $72

• For more information: Visit www.foxtheatre.org

ATLANTA -- Being covered in fairy dust and traveling to Neverland is every child's dream. Fans of this fanciful journey can experience it starting Tuesday as "Peter Pan" takes the stage at the Fox Theatre.

But if you are anticipating the Disney version of the tale, you will be out of luck because this version is taken from the novel written by J.M. Barrie.

"This is geared more from J.M.'s fairy tale novel with great music," said Cathy Rigby, who plays the lead role of Peter Pan. "The novel itself was written in a time when the child mortality rate was high -- a time when it was easy to get people to believe in things."

Even if the scenes aren't exactly what you remember, all of the characters are there: Captain Hook and Smee with Tinker Bell, Wendy, Michael and John, plus the Lost Boys.

During the show, there are three acts full of flying, sword fighting, evil mermaids and plenty of singing and dancing.

"We do a percussion dance number where the Lost Boys and Indians make friends," Rigby said. "At the end, you feel like you should be Richard Simmons to get through it."

No matter how old you are, everyone will relate to the story, according to Rigby.

"I love the scene where the pivotal point when Wendy leaves Neverland and brings the Lost Boys with her because she choices to grow up. That's when you get to see Peter's vulnerable side of him," she said. "It just tells a story of growing up and growing older, except for Peter, which comes with a price. It means something different for all of the adults."

The play runs through Aug. 12.