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Pleasant Hill native Heidi Buehler owns the stage as Tiger Lily in the new San Francisco production of Peter Pan.


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Kevin Berne

In J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Tiger Lily is mature for her age, with the fierceness of a tiger and the softness of a lily. The same could be said of Pleasant Hill’s Heidi Buehler, who portrays the rescued Indian princess in the U.S. premiere of the groundbreaking 360-degree, live-action and digital–hybrid production of Peter Pan, playing now in San Francisco.

The much-hyped show offers the first theatrical role for the 24-year-old Carondelet High and UC Santa Barbara grad, who trained classically with Contra Costa Ballet and spent the last few years as a professional dancer with various Bay Area companies. In Peter Pan, Buehler is the lone dancer among a cast of actors and puppeteers, and she shines, dancing a duet with Peter and interacting with the massive digital screen like a seasoned pro.

Buehler says she finds it thrilling to work with Peter Pan’s breakthrough production designs.

“The computer-generated effects don’t take away from the performance; they add to it,” she says. “When I come out of a trap door
and see jungle all around, it helps me get into character.”

For tickets and more information, visit peterpantheshow.com.

BIO

Name: Heidi Buehler
Age: 24 
Hometown: Pleasant Hill
Current role: Tiger Lily in Peter Pan 
Previous companies: Contra Costa Ballet, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Black Diamond Ballet Theatre.

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