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COMING DECEMBER 13TH, 14TH AT 7:30 P.M.
AND DEC. 15TH AT 2:00 P.M. 2019!
SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE PANTO
A magical tale of Fairies, true love, curses and spinning wheels! The Princess Rose is about to celebrate her eighteenth birthday and the end of a long-standing curse put on her by the evil fairy Malicia. The future looks bright but the wicked fairy is not to be thwarted! Can Rose’s friends Nurse Nelly Nutmeg and court jester Jingling Jerry save her? Will she find true love with the dashing Prince Rhod? Can the good but somewhat scatter-brained fairy Forget-me-not remember how to aid the goodies? A traditional family pantomime packed with jokes, silliness and oodles of audience participation!
WHAT THE HECK IS A PANTO?!
Pantomime (informally panto) is a type of musical comedy stage production designed for family entertainment. It was developed in England and is still performed throughout the United Kingdom and (to a lesser extent) in other English-speaking countries, especially during the Christmas and New Year season. It is done is Canada!
Elements of a Panto
- The story. Most pantomimes are versions of children's stories. ...
- The characters. One of the key characters in any pantomime is the “dame” . ...
- Audience participation. ...
- The jokes. ...
- Singing & dancing. ...
- The chase & fight scenes.
The pantomime today
Today the pantomime is traditionally performed at Christmas. It is a show for children, but grownups like it as well. Usually a well-known story is told, e.g. Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Pinocchio, The Three Little Pigs, Puss in Boots, The Musicians of Bremen, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Snow White etc. There is a lot of spoken dialogue but there are also songs, and sometimes the audience join in. There are many traditions in pantomime. These are some of the main ones:
- The main young man in the play (the principal boy) may be played by a young woman.
- An older woman (the pantomime dame – often the hero's mother) is usually played by a man dressed as a woman.
- The audience take part (audience participation). For example, they call "look behind you!" (or "he's behind you!"), and "Oh, yes it is!" or "Oh, no it is not!" The audience is always encouraged to "Boo" the villain, and "Awwwww" the poor victims, such as the rejected dame, who usually fancies the prince.
- A song combining a well-known tune with different words.
- The animal, played by an actor in "animal skin" or animal costume or creature. It is often a pantomime horse or cow, played by two actors in a single costume, one as the head and front legs, the other as the body and back legs.
- The good fairy always enters from stage right and the evil villain enters from stage left. In Commedia dell'arte the right side of the stage symbolized Heaven and the left side symbolized Hell.
- Sometimes the story villain will squirt members of the audience with water guns or pretend to throw a bucket of "water" at the audience that is actually full of something harmless such as streamers.
- Sometimes there is a celebrity guest star
HILDA'S YARD - spring 2020
by Canadian playwright, Norm Foster
APRIL 24th, 25th, 26th AND MAY 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2020