Get a behind the scenes look… er… listen! Kyle Walters (Peter Pan, co-creator), Jenni Powell (Producer, Casting), Emmett Furey (Transmedia Producer) and Marken Greenwood (Transmedia Assistant) talk with Steve Peters on the latest StoryForward Podcast!
Want to meet some of the behind-the-scenes people from The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy? Here’s your chance! Blair Beveridge interviews Jenni Powell (producer, casting director), Katie Moest (production designer), Adam Laupus (producer, unit production manager), Derya Derman (costume designer) and Kyle Walters (peter pan, co-creator)
We are proud to announce that the character of Smee in season two of The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy will be gay. While this absolutely won’t define him as a character, it is important for us to touch on various aspects of life and growing up in our show.
There is a really great article at LGBTeen.com that has interviews with Kyle, Shawn and Jenni. Here’s some copy-and-paste…. but you should really read the whole thing if you’re interested!
“Growing up is different for everybody,” said Kyle Walters, co-creator and star of the show. “We’re trying to touch as many versions of that, creating various characters so that hopefully everyone can relate an aspect of the show to their own journey.”
“Each character in our show represents a unique path and/or struggle with growing up. Smee will be no different!” said Walters. “He will be dealing with finding himself in the world as a gay man while also being an assistant to a big-time businessman, Hook.”
However, according to the show’s co-creator and writer Shawn deLoache, Smee’s sexuality won’t be the character’s main plot point. “Smee will be a strong, intelligent, layered character who just happens to be gay,” said deLoache. “Basically, we studied who Smee was in the books, who he really was at his heart … and dropped it into our world to see who he would become.”
“This Web series transformed Peter Pan from the boy who wouldn’t grow up into a 20-something man child who wouldn’t grow up. So basically, every other millennial. Set in the small town of Neverland, Ohio, this quirky series follows the adventures of advice vlogger Wendy Darling, her two immature brothers, her bossy friend Lily and her best friend Peter Pan. The series just finished its first season with a bittersweet ending and is raising funds on Indiegogo for a second season.”
In a world of Netflix original series winning Emmys, episode lengths becoming longer and seasons becoming shorter to accommodate actors’ schedules, and the rise of the webseries, it’s safe to say that traditional TV is changing. You can go online now and find a series that is just as interesting, well-written, and well-made as many of the shows on primetime. And if you love geeky references and a cast who interacts with their fandom, well, that’s just gravy!
Anything is possible with a big dream (and a little bit of pixie dust). Kelsey Allen does a wonderful job of showing us Paula Rhodes’ wild ride to awesomeness, in her article for Mizzou Mag (the alumni magazine for Michigan University).