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Wendy on Board by Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard, adapted from the song by S. J. Tucker Listen to Wendy on Board here
Gypsy Audio, July 2012
Imagine what would have happened if J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan had not ended in the way it did, and Wendy had decided to break free of her conventional Edwardian middle-class upbringing and join the pirates instead.
This is the basic scenario for Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard's playlet, in which Wendy (Sophie Noelle) assumes a new identity of Red-Handed Jill under the command of Captain Hook (Taylor Kent). Initially the prospect seems an exciting one, but she soon discovers to her cost that the pirates have some particularly well-defined expectations about the roles she should fulfill on board ship, and they do not include any fighting, stealing or violence. Wendy turns towards Peter Pan (Andrew Hackley) once more, in the hope he will rescue her and offer her a more varied life instead, but he seems rather reluctant to comply. What happens next proves an eye-opener for her.
Told in the form of a bedtime story read by The Mother (Cookie Colletti) to her children Rhiannon (Draven Shoberg), and Bridget (Ruby McRoberts), Wendy on Board offers an object lesson for anyone aspiring to break free of their social shackles; be prepared for the unexpected.