Meet the Nashville kids starring in ‘Peter Pan & Tinker Bell: A Pirate’s Christmas’

Four local actors will help Peter Pan and the rest of the gang bring the holiday spirit to Nashville, as the beloved John and Michael Darling, in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Lythgoe Family Panto’s Peter Pan & Tinkerbell: A Pirate’s Christmas Dec. 13-23 in TPAC’s Polk Theater.

Peter Pan & Tinkerbell: A Pirate’s Christmas is a singing, swashbuckling adventure performed in the high-flying style of a British holiday panto. Audiences take off on a wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy, and Peter Pan as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook. The star-led production blends fairytales, comedy, the holidays, dancing, contemporary songs and local and regional references to create an unforgettable theater experience.

TPAC had a fun Q&A with each local actor to learn a little more about them before they hit the Polk stage!

The role of John Darling will be played by Jackson Nolan and Andrew Hansen

Jackson Nolan

Jackson Nolan

Jackson Nolan

Age: 11 (I’ll actually have my 12th birthday during the production on December 19!)

School: Grassland Middle School, Franklin

Favorite Subject: Science & Social Studies

First production I performed in: Annie, Jr as Bert Healy

Favorite character I’ve played: Richard Bell in Spirit: The Bell Witch. It was a super spooky production!

Favorite Musical: Hamilton– I have the whole thing memorized!

Who would play me in a movie about my life: Wow! That’s a tough one! My mom thinks it should be Cobra Kai from the original Karate Kid!


Andrew Hansen

Andrew Hansen

Andrew Hansen

Age: 12

School: Homeschool

Favorite Subject: Theatre and farming with my family!

First production I performed in: Annie, Jr

Favorite character I’ve played: Young Simba, Lion King, Jr

Favorite Musical: Newsies

Who would play me in a movie about my life: Zac Efron!



The role of Michael Darling will be played by Alan Harrisohn Foeder and Lucas Shane


Alan Harrisohn Foeder

Alan Harrisohn Foeder

Alan Harrisohn Foeder

Age: 11

School: Page Middle School

Favorite Subject: Science and Social Studies

First production I performed in: No Strings Attached

Favorite character I’ve played: Young Simba

Favorite Musical: The Lion King

Who would play me in a movie about my life: Robin Williams



Lucas Shane

Lucas Shane

Lucas Shane

Age:  9

School:  Providence Academy

Favorite Subject:  Science

First production I performed in:  “Chip” in Beauty and the Beast

Favorite character I’ve played:  “Sam Turner” in Indivisible (feature film slated for nation wide release 10/26/18)

Favorite Musical: Newsies

Who would play me in a movie about my life:  Me!


Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together. In 2017, over 6,000 Title I students were introduced by the Lythgoe’s to live theatre, through the medium of Panto. Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirate’s Christmas is presented by Bank of America and Delta Dental.

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