Dallas — Looks like this Peter Pan will fly no more.
On Tuesday, Jan. 5, TheaterJones received a tip that the tour of Peter Pan 360, which closed a seven-and-a-half week stop in Dallas under a tent called the Threesixty Theatre in the Dallas Arts District on Sunday, was being shuttered after the Dallas run. In an official statement, which you can read below, producers are citing poor ticket sales over the holiday period.
The show opened Nov. 11 and was extended twice, to Jan. 3, with performances through the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays. The performance on Dec. 26, the night of the tornadoes in North Texas that ravaged Rowlett and other cities, was canceled.
The performers and others who were originally contracted through summer 2016 in the tour cities after Dallas (Scottsdale, Ariz., San Diego and Los Angeles) were sent home, their contracts ended.
Reportedly the actors and behind-the-scenes personnel were paid, but Dallas vendors—which could include caterers, security and parking personnel and many others—might not be paid on time. One of those vendors is AT&T Performing Arts Center, which was contracted to handle ticketing and local marketing for Peter Pan 360. Chris Heinbaugh, Vice President of External Affairs at ATTPAC, says that their contract gave Peter Pan the Tour LLC until the end of January to pay.
A statement from ATTPAC released Wednesday reads: “The Center is sorry to hear the tour of Peter Pan 360 has come to a close, because the reaction of audience members who saw it was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Peter Pan 360 was an independent production, and the Center’s contracted role was to provide ticketing and marketing services. The Center is hopeful the producers will honor their financial obligations to all their vendors, including the Center.”
We visited the site and snapped a few photos of the empty tents, but no one on the property could give answers about when the tents would come down. "I think in the next two days," one worker told us on Tuesday.
Calls to Herrick Entertainment, one of the producers of the show, were not returned.
Several weeks ago, the tour stops in Scottsdale and San Diego were canceled, and now Los Angeles has been shelved, too.
So what will happen to the large tent, which is still standing?
Today the tour producers released an official statement:
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT FROM PETER PAN THE TOUR, LLC
JANUARY 6, 2016
This is an official announcement that the difficult decision has been made to halt the tour of Peter Pan in the Threesixty Theatre following the close of the Dallas engagement on January 3, 2016. This closing is taking place due to the precipitous fall off in ticket sales in Dallas during the month of December. The fall-off in sales was a surprise to all parties involved after the promising opening of the show in Dallas in November 2015 and the strong holiday season ticket sales that the production enjoyed during the previous 2010-2011 tour in the United States.
The touring personnel are completing their responsibilities and returning home and the production is being packed and moved off of the Dallas site. Peter Pan The Tour LLC is conducting a final accounting and will communicate with all tour vendors regarding the status of payments no later than January 31, 2016.
The production, which used spectacular flying effects and what was called the world's largest 360 screen for digital projections, was innovative, smart and delightful—we gave it a favorable review and interviewed the actress playing Tinker Bell—and it's too bad for the actors and technicians who may have turned down other offers because of their original contracts.
We'll add to the story as we find out more information.