Tinker Bell

Play Synopsis

Photo taken by Steve Gibbons

Everyone thinks they know Peter Pan. But until you have heard Tinker Bell’s side of the story, you really have not heard it at all!

When all the fairies in Neverland start dying, Tinker Bell comes to London to find a friend. There she meets a young boy named Peter Pan who has just run away from his family so he can be a little boy forever and have fun.

When Tink takes Peter to Neverland, all sorts of wonderful and amazing things happen: flowers grow, animals appear and pirates arrive. But as Peter brings more Lost Boys and the Darling children back to her island, Tink finds she doesn’t like sharing her friend with anyone else. Especially that Wendy girl.

This fresh and intensely theatrical adaptation of the classic story emphasizes play and fun as well as the complicated nature of friendship. A new, twinkling light shines on all the characters you love as J.M. Barrie’s story is reborn from this feisty fairy’s point of view. 

My Experience

Never in a million years did I expect to play such an iconic fairy as Tinker Bell. When I heard that the Playhouse was doing this production, I immediately changed my whole outlook and told everyone I knew that “I NEED to be Tinker Bell.” Unfortunately, not all of them believed in me. Nevertheless, I auditioned, and some how landed my dream role.

Pictured: Maia Talarico and new fan

At this point, I had done one other large children’s show, Ella Enchanted, but to be Tinker Bell meant there were many other challenges to face.

One of the main issues being the controversy of having such an iconic Disney character played by black woman. I knew some people would be skeptical, but all the doubt drove my passion to succeed and show everyone how possible it is for me, and anyone of any color to play a fictional role.

To say that this role was magical is an understatement.

The love, laughter, and silliness that I got each and every night from the children and adults that attended the performances was phenomenal. Even more so, I quickly began to realize that this role was bigger than anything I could imagine. Daily, I had little black and brown boys and girls come up to meet Tinker Bell. Parents taking pictures and showing their children that they can be whatever they want. And further proving that representation does matter.

Broadway World

Pictured: Adult cast of Tinker Bell Photo taken by Steve Gibbons

Once again, I was published in Broadway World Magazine.

“What brings the magic to this story to the stage is the outstanding cast. The cast is lead by Maia Talarico as Tinker Bell. She delivers another terrific performance that will make a believer out of everyone in the audience. Through the actor’s performances, we see the value of friendship through the relationships of the characters in the show.”

-Feb. 23, 2020 DC Felton