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

3 days ago

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Hello everyone! BAMM Performance Branch here! We are going to be putting on a series of concerts for the local retirement homes and need YOUR help. For our first concert, we’re planning on performing a bunch of oldies to give our friends in the retirement homes a chance to sing and dance along! This is music ranging from the 40s to the 70s. We encourage all of you to participate to help bring magic to our local seniors! Now, more than ever, they need our care and connection! ❤️

**If you would like to be apart if this event please DM us here and we will send you all the details!**
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4 days ago

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Thank you, Lamorinda Weekly, for running this article about our beloved Peter Pan Foundation! Like so many nonprofit organizations, we have been hit hard by the pandemic... but we are passionate about saving our PPF Home, and we LOVE that you are, too! Want to help support us? Please consider donating to the GoFundMe link in our bio, through our Venmo (@ppfmagic), or on our website! 🙌🏼💚✨

"The PPF home is a place where I feel safe, accepted and truly happy," said Zac Faber, 15 of Lafayette. "It's a place where I can make a difference in my community and the world."
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6 days ago

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Happy Thursday!

Let’s talk about another incredible headliner for our upcoming production of “Winter”... Jacob Ben-Shmuel! Jacob is a longtime and legendary member of The PPF, who has gifted us with his brilliance and talent since he was in middle school!
Where is he now? Jacob spent two and a half years touring the United States, Canada and Mexico with the hit Broadway show “The Book of Mormon” as the Standby for Elder Cunningham. While on the road, his new musical, “Brad Knows Nothing”, was accepted into the New York Musical Festival's 2018 season. Since the shutdown, he has created three new podcast projects, including the Musical D&D podcast Music & Magic, and the Musical Anthology podcast, @onemillionmusicals ... which premiered this week!! Check it out:

“One Million Musicals is a podcast that began with a simple dream… A dream to write and produce ONE MILLION Podcast musicals and release them for the world to hear! Is this dream absurd? A fantasy? Perhaps, but that’s what makes it so darn exciting.
This podcast began in September of 2020, when two friends and intrepid explorers began plotting their course through the annals of musical podcast history. Their names were (and are) Jacob Ben-Shmuel and @alanblakebachelor , and on this journey of a lifetime, they discovered a hole in the center of their beloved art form. Had there been musical podcasts before? Sure. But never had they been crafted quickly, released consistently, and filled to the brim with all-ages goofs, gaffs, and gags! And never with a goal so arbitrary and unrealistic. Well, all of that was about to change. They saw their chance, and they jumped at it.
The two friends summoned a team of elite musical operatives from the farthest reaches of Broadway, Films and TV, and they began to write. A few days later they had a script, and in a matter of weeks, they had recorded, edited and completed their first podcast musical. Number One out of One Million.
And therein lies the rub... for their journey is far from over. One musical down, 999,999 to go...”

Be sure to check out his podcast, follow @jacob_benshmuel , and be on the lookout here for more details about his performance in “Winter”
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2 weeks ago

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Cast of “Winter”, we are LOVING the photos you’ve been posting and sharing with us from making your videos this week! From spectacular solos to dynamic duets, from fabulous families to “pods” with pizzazz.-we are FLOORED by all of the talent and passion we are seeing in these videos... and we can hardly wait for “Winter”!!! ❄️💚✨ ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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It’s time to talk about another headliner in our upcoming production of “Winter”... our very own Branden Noel Thomas, lovingly known as “Boom”. You may know them best for their portrayal of Tiana in our beloved “Wish Upon A Star”, and this Winter, you’ll get to hear their gorgeous voice performing multiple songs as one of our featured headliners.

But why wait?! Boom has a huge show coming up on October 22nd with SF Bay Area Theatre Company (@sfbatco ). Swipe to see the flyer-and some other familiar PPF faces-and read all the delicious details below!

***If you want to be taken on the emotional roller coaster behind the scenes of what we call ‘The Theatre.’ Framed in a ‘90s twist, join Branden Noel Thomas as they walk you through the auditioning, the uneasy awaiting to hear if you got the role, the drama that could have been avoided by not mixing business with pleasure, and much, much more all while in three part harmony, tune In!

This is a free event but If you would like to support you can do so by clicking linktr.ee/B.noelt to send a suggested Donation ticket of $15 or until your heart is full 👀😍
Just add a memo that it's for "In Living Color" and it will be going to help put on this 'gumbo of music' that they have prepared for yall ❤️

If you tip $35 of more that will put you in a raffle to be one of the 6 people to win one of these Branden Noel Thomas orginal washable (by hand) cotton rhinestoned mask

Winners will be announced the day of October 22nd over at Twitch.tv/SFBATCO  after my show!

With each donation tix you buy it is going to make these shows possible from my own pocket! From the rehearsal spaces to hiring PAID artist to rental fees Anything and everything Helps!***

We LOVE you, Boom, and we can’t wait to see all of the music and magic you’ll be bringing to us virtually this Fall and WINTER!!! ❤️
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