TPNC holiday 'panto' tradition continues
Published 11:53 am, Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The Town Players of New Canaan, the only area theater to perform a British "panto" every year for its family holiday show, will stage "Trouble In Pantoland," by Sharon Hulm, at the Powerhouse Performing Arts Center in Waveny Park.
Performances are 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15.
"The tradition continues," said director Patrick Kiley, "because the cast, crew and audiences of all ages have a great time. It's pure joy."
"The show features fresh faces, rousing new songs and a frolicking plot," said co-producer Sheri Dean.
"Of course, we preserve the things that make pantos so fun and unique: fairy-tale characters, vaudeville-style shtick, cross-dressing, and enthusiastic audience participation."
In this year's plot, the Evil Wizard casts a spell on classic panto heroes, including Prince Charming and Aladdin, and the heroines, including Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, side with the Evil Queen to set them free.
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"Basically, all the favorite panto characters are in this one show," said co-producer Cheryl Petrone.
Of the 27 performers, nine are from New Canaan: Steven Whitaker, Robert Avery, James Avery, Noah Avery and chorus members Emily Barnard, Allison Fitzpatrick, Madison Grenauer, Virginia Smith and Fiona Stevens.
A Marine will attend the 2:30 p.m. performance Saturday, Dec. 7, to collect new, unwrapped toys for the Toys For Tots program. At that performance, children bringing toys will enter for free.
Tickets are $10 and can purchased by visiting www.tpnc.org or calling 203-966-7371.