Thursday, 10 January 2013

Snow White

We did it again!
Yes, we gathered up the extended family members and went to the Toronto Pantomime between Christmas and New Year.... it's becoming a family tradition. This year there were 5 children and 7 adults in our group and we sat 4 rows back from the stage. Great place to sit.... easy to see the action yet safe from being asked up onto the stage to be the magician's assistant!

This year it was Snow White - The Deliciously Dopey Family Musical at the gorgeous Elgin Theatre in Toronto.

Snow White: The Deliciously Dopey Family Musical
Picture from the Toronto Sun newspaper
The show is as traditionally "British Pantomime" as it can get. Songs, music, an evil stepmother, dancing girls, fabulous costumes, obvious jokes to please the kids, and slightly more risque jokes to tittilate the adults, and lots of opportunity for the audience both young and old to BOO loudly whenever the bad guys come on stage.

Oh yes, Panto is all about audience participation.

Snow White's stepmother, the Evil Queen, was played in a wickedly funny manner by Ross Petty.... who is a perfect man in a dress, and was wearing far too much makeup, as you do, when you're Evil.

Assorted Nursery rhyme characters populated the stage.... there was Pinocchio, and one of the Three Little Pigs ( I don't know what happened to the other two), Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack-in-the Beanstalk.
Picture from the National Post Newspaper.

In this modern day version of Snow White's story, the Evil Queen was plotting to bulldoze the forest and make her fortune by opening a huge Botox strip mine, and Snow White and her little furry woodland animal friends were going to be banished from the forest. Oh No.... bad news!

But who was there to make sure that Good triumphed over Evil? 007 of course! “The name’s Bond, James Bond,” says 007 after a wonderfully ridiculous entrance. “That’s my full legal name.”

Callum loved it. Isaac loved it. Everyone loved it. We'll definitely be going again next year.         

11 comments:

tut-tut said...

Happy New Year! Have you seen the Christmas episode of Clatterford (or Jam and Jerusalem, as I believe it is actually called?). There is a great panto in that one.

Leena said...

It will be an important tradition especially to children - they will remember them always and will talk after years " do you remember when . . . .? "
Good weekend to you Fenella and yours!

Rock Chef said...

Everything that a panto should be!

Did you get to shout "Behind you!"?

madretz said...

That sounds like so much fun! all the nursery rhyme characters AND James Bond? Fantastic! How great that the boys are old enough to really enjoy that kind of entertainment as well.

Vagabonde said...

Snow White and James Bond! Wonderful mix! I’d love to watch this pantomime. It sounds like a lot of fun.

Maggie May said...

A completely revamped *Snow White*!
Looks good. Glad you had a good time.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh My! This sounds like Great Great Fun! I would want to go every year, too! And what is really greart is that it sounds like ALL Age Grouos LOVE IT! Now, that is a fantastic thing to pull off!!!!

OldLady Of The Hills said...

"...all age Groups...". My finger slipped! (lol)

EG CameraGirl said...

How wonderful!

Ginnie said...

Oh, how fun. And don't you love it that the g'sons are old enough to enjoy it, too! Gotta love it.

CiCi said...

This looks like a great family tradition, and your seats perfect. Not too close but close enough to see clearly.