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With pixie dust, it's off to Neverland

New OCPAC show uses worlds first 360-degree, CGI theater set.

September 15, 2010|From staff reports
  • Workers raise the threesixty Theatre at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Wednesday. The threesixty stage production of Peter Pan will start Sept. 28.
Workers raise the threesixty Theatre at the Orange County… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

COSTA MESA — Passersby got a glimpse of Neverland on Wednesday, when crews raised a massive tent to prepare for the upcoming production of "Peter Pan" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC).

OCPAC and threesixty¿¿ entertainment plan to stage a state-of-the-art production featuring live actors and computer-generated actors in an on-site pavilion Sept. 28 to Nov. 21.

The tent, which stands 100 feet high, was shipped by sea from London to San Francisco ¿¿¿ a 6,000-mile jaunt.

The 1,300-seat theater-tent allows for in-the-round performances adjacent to the center's Ren¿¿e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

The production of J.M. Barrie's famed children's fairytale received positive reviews in the Wall Street Journal and San Francisco Chronicle, and features 22 actors, puppets, music, flying sequences and what is billed as the world's first 360-degree, computer-generated imagery (CGI) theater set.

The tent's interior will be lighted with more than 15,000-square-feet of hi-resolution video, which organizers say is three times the size of an IMAX movie screen, making it possible for the cast and audience to be "immersed in a CGI Neverland," according to a news release.

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The production will feature 12 projectors, delivering 360-degree projection; 10 million pixels; 400 square miles of virtual London; and the largest surround CGI venue in the world.

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