The Peter Pan Foundation

The Peter Pan Foundation is dedicated to inspiring children of all ages to reach their full potential
by building confidence, character and creativity through music and theater, while instilling the value of community outreach and philanthropy.

PPF ACCOUNTABILITY: A Promise for Change

For the first many years of it’s existence, The PPF’s main mission was to bring magic to children at the hospital. But we became far too wrapped up in “casting authentically to films”. In a world full of white cartoon female princesses, we spent a solid decade in the beginning of our casting trying to keep the “authenticity” of the cartoons, to make it more “magical” for the kids, so they would think that the characters had stepped right out of the movies....

BUT WHAT IS MORE MAGICAL THAN REPRESENTATION AND INCLUSION?! Don’t all kids deserve to see themselves represented on the stage? In the movies? Everywhere?

Of course they do.

Over the past several years, we have become a fully inclusive casting organization. We know that if media won’t shift the narrative with who is represented-and how-than it is up to the rest of us. It is on us. But we took far too long. We should have been working to shift the narrative from day one.

To our beautiful, diverse foundation and audience members, thank you for helping us to keep bringing powerful philanthropic theatre to the community, but also for helping to push us to keep striving to be the best, most inclusive organization we can be. We are so proud of the diversity on the stage... but it isn’t enough.

We still have a long way to go.

For those who have ever felt slighted, overlooked, unseen, or unheard in our casting choices... that is on us. We offer our sincerest apologies and are grateful for your talent and your love. We hold ourselves accountable and we will forever strive to do better.

Our “Hear Our Voices” concert should have happened long ago. We are honored to lift our black/African community-but where have we been until now? Living in a predominantly white area is NOT an excuse to have a predominantly white foundation. We value the black/African artists in our family immeasurably... but are we loving them the best we can if we aren’t working to place them in more roles, and to reach out and fill our foundation with more members of their community?!

Black lives matter. And we need to be better listeners to make bigger change.

Effective immediately, we will be putting together an Inclusion, Outreach, and Accountability team. We will no longer be a part of the problem. Instead, we promise to continue to work tirelessly to be part of the solution.

This is on us.

Love & Light,

Leslie Noel Hansen and the Board of Directors
The Peter Pan Foundation

Helping Young Hearts to Fly Through...

Philanthropy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Peter Pan Foundation is a non-profit organization  dedicated to helping children of all ages -
both by providing opportunities  to engage in philanthropic efforts and by serving children in need through partnerships with other local organizations. 

Performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Peter Pan Foundation produces benefit musical productions and live performances throughout the year. We welcome new performers to join in fulfilling our mission to inspire children of all ages to build confidence, character, and creativity. 

The PPF is Always Making Magic

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One week from today, The PPF would have been performing for our sixth consecutive year on the Disneyland stage. But, alas, the pandemic had a different plan. Although we are very sad to not be going on our annual trip-your safety and the safety of our world is more important! We will be holding a PPF Disney celebration all next week, and hope that you will join us in sharing pictures, videos, and memories from past trips and performances with us. We’re sad. And we miss you. But we’re grateful to have this opportunity to reminisce with you until we can all make new memories together again. 💚✨
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24 hours ago

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Who helps lift you when you need it most?...

Your friends? Your family? Yourself?
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3 days ago

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We hope that your weekend was filled with sunshine and fresh air, helping others and self care.

But also... how are you? Really?

With so much pain, sadness, hurt, anger, stress, confusion, and uncertainty in our world... how are you? How is your mental health?

We would like to focus on mental health this week, as we navigate through all of this together. Maybe that’s exactly what we need; to come TOGETHER as one world-to lift each other, love each other, and protect each other... always.

As you head into this new week, know that you’re never alone. We love you, and we’re here if you need us. 💚✨
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5 days ago

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OUR FULL SHOW IS NOW AVAILABLE ON OUR INSTAGRAM!! BE SURE TO FOLLOW US (@ppfmagic) FOR THIS-AND MANY MORE EXCLUSIVES, UPDATES, MEMORIES, & MORE!

This past Tuesday, July 7th, The Peter Pan Foundation had the honor of presenting “A Movement, Not A Moment”.

This stunning show, directed by PPFers Kisakye Naiga & Leticia Bennett, was an incredible evening of amplifying black artistry & black businesses. We hope that this show, the second in our summer series, will also serve as a reminder to all that this movement is not just a fleeting moment, and that we must continue to always be in support of the black community. If you have not yet seen our show-or want to rewatch the event, the show is now available on our Instagram, on our PPF Facebook page, AND on YouTube (link below):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTjIR9VwS0s

This is a movement, not just a moment. And it’s going to take all of us to truly change the world. ❤️

Black Lives Matter.

Love & Light,
The Peter Pan Foundation
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6 days ago

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Throwback Thursday.
We miss Disneyland... and the INCREDIBLE humans who perform there with us every July! So... in honor of what would have been our 6th consecutive performance in Disney, we’re going to spend a week “in Disneyland” from July 20th-July 23rd (when we would have been there... 😢...) Send us your PPF Disney trip pics and videos here through DM to be part of the celebration!! And, on Tuesday July 21st (performance day), our friends from DLR Performing Arts will be tuning in for our celebration!! 💚✨
We love you, @disneyland !!
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