Nashville Ballet’s Virtual Book Club: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie- Chapter 6 narrated by Chef Sean Brock

Nashville Ballet’s virtual book club is on Chapter 6 of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Does anyone else picture the Disney movie when you think of Peter Pan? I know I do and I’ve been surprised how easily their version supplanted the classic tale. Of course it’s based of the Barrie novel, but some of the less savory elements of it were Hollywood-ized. Is that a word? Maybe not, but you get the drift. It’s been fascinating to compare what I remember to what is in the actual novel.

Chapter 6 is narrated by James Beard award winner Chef Sean Brock. He is very well renowned in the southeast for his Charleston and Nashville restaurants Husk (the best Shrimp and Grits dish every!) and very nicely volunteered his time to read this chapter for Nashville Ballet.

If you haven’t been following along, please go to Nashville Ballet’s YouTube page and look for Chapter 1. Each chapter has been about 15-30 minutes and can be a nice mommy break if you plant your kids in front of your computer to listen.



If you’d like to purchase the book to read along, please click this link!

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Nashville Ballet’s Virtual Book Club: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie- Chapter 5 narrated by company dancer Sarah Cordia

Nashville Ballet’s virtual book club continues with Chapter 5 as narrated by company dancer Sarah Cordia. This chapter introduces Captain Hook to the story and Sarah’s narration is enhanced by some playacting by her husband Judson. Their goofy playfulness is entertaining and perfect for young kids. So, if you need a half hour break sit your kids in front of this video!

If you are reading along, or just listening to these chapter’s while taking a much needed break from work (I won’t tell!), the sixth chapter will be out soon!

Enjoy the story!


Video: Nashville Ballet’s Virtual Book Club- Peter Pan Chapter 3 narrated by Amy Watson (WTVF Ch.5 anchor)

Hi all! Nashville Ballet’s virtual book club is on chapter 3 of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. I don’t know if any of you listened to Ann Patchett read chapter 2, she was great! It’s been awhile since I’ve read this classic and I forgot that Mr. Darling was a not so great father. She did a great job at imbuing a certain ugliness to his voice.

Today, Amy Watson, the morning anchor for WTVF’s Newschannel 5 is reading Chapter 3. She did a very nice news story about our project!

Here’s the link to Amy Watson reading Chapter 3 of Peter Pan.


I hope you enjoy chapter 3 of Peter Pan!


Video: Nashville Ballet’s Read-a-long of Peter and Wendy (Peter Pan) by J. M. Barrie- Chapter 1

As we are practicing social distancing and consuming media at frantic paces to relieve stress, boredom, and honestly to just take us away from the reality we are all living it’s been wonderful to see how the arts are being enjoyed. Singers are releasing complimentary singles to help raise our spirits, publishing companies are releasing free ebooks for people to read, and actors are creating funny monologues, reading children’s books, and in the case of John Krasinski, even holding virtual proms.

I work for Nashville Ballet and we also are putting out free content with video’s of past performances, our dancers showing cooking and exercise tips on Instagram and Facebook, and our ballet classes are being held virtually. This week we launched a virtual book club to read J. M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy, aka Peter Pan. If we are able to launch our season next year, our first performance will be our version of this classic tale. A perfect choice to remind us of the magic of imagination, and adventures we all shared with friends and family in our childhoods. Nashville Ballet has partnered with Nashville “celebrities” to help us narrate this story, donating their time and filming it on their phone’s, IPAD’s, and laptops. Last night we launched the first chapter narrated by Nashville Ballet’s Artistic Director, Paul Vasterling.

I would like to share each of these chapters with you all so that you may also enjoy this story again.

Nashville Ballet Artistic Direct, Paul Vasterling reads Chapter 1

Chapter 2 will go live on Friday night and will be read by National Best Selling author Ann Patchett!

I hope you all enjoy this special reading of Peter Pan!


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