Peter Pan the musical performed by members of the Young Actors Guild will open June 16 at the King Opera House in downtown Van Buren.

Peter Pan is based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale about a young boy who never grows up and his adventures. Performances will be June 16 and 17 at 7 p.m., and June 17 and 18 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 12 and under and are available online at or at the door at the King Opera House at 423 Main St.

Missy Gipson, executive director of Young Actors Guild, called Peter Pan a “timeless classic.”

“It’s just a great family show,” Gipson said. “It’s fun for the whole family to watch.”

Young Actors Guild is a an area non-profit youth theater.

There are 40 area children who will be taking part in Peter Pan, Gipson said. Several young actors in the show come from Alma and Van Buren - including two performers in starring roles, she said.

Israel Jackson of Van Buren will portray Captain Hook, Peter Pan’s nefarious arch enemy, and Talon Dean will portray Michael Darling, the youngest brother of Wendy Darling, Gipson said.

Gipson chose the musical to follow YAG’s performance last year of Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to Peter Pan that tells how he became the magical boy who never ages.

“The obvious follow up was to finish the story and tell what else happens in Peter’s life,” Gipson said.

A description of the musical reads:

“Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget.

In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce savage tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.”

Peter Pan is a Tony Award-winning musical that has been performed around the world for 60 years. YAG’s show features a score by Morris Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Songs featured in the musical include “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.”