"" Writer's Wanderings: Second Star on the Right

Monday, July 21, 2008

Second Star on the Right

This weekend we traveled to Raleigh, NC, to see our niece, Tracy Wholf (Morr) as Tiger Lily in the musical, Peter Pan. It was a great time and worth the long drive. Nine members of the family made the drive and her new husband, Eddie, flew in from NYC for the show. We had dinner before the show in a place called The Pit specializing in BBQ but as the hotel concierge put it "an upscale BBQ."

The theater complex in Raleigh is beautiful and sits near the convention center. They have a wonderful venue to showcase their productions. One of the perks to being related to someone in the show is the backstage tour. The scenery was amazing. It's actually see-through but from the audience you would never guess that. Unfortunately, my sister-in-law, Shelly, was a little disappointed she wasn't allowed any pixie dust to try out her wings with the flying mechanism.

Captain Hook (Ira David Wood III) was still in costume as we toured and posed with Tracy (who was still in her war paint) for a picture. He is a local favorite in Raleigh and is the founder and executive director of Raleigh's Theatre in the Park.

The production was classic Peter Pan and the star, Gail Bianchi, came with lots of experience for the part. She was the understudy to Cathy Rigby on the national tour of Peter Pan.

Along the way to Raleigh, we discovered a wonderful little town called Wytheville in the mountains of Virginia. But more on that later.

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