ARRR!: a very British Pantomime
Burgdorff Theater, Maplewood NJ
The show's over for now.
here's what some of our audience said!
What struck me the most, was how much fun the people on stage were having. I will definitely bring the kids to the next one, or even have them audition!
Whoever wrote this knew a LOT about fun!
We had a wonderful time!!!!
Well done tonight, everyone. Special congrats to the kids, who were funny funny when they could have gotten away with cute funny. (No, I'm not one of their parents.)
This was an absolute joy - a wonderful way to spend the afternoon - congratulations to everyone involved! My five year old was *still* laughing about his favorite moments before going to bed.
Such a fetching cow...
A Definition from about.com
Panto (another name for Pantomime in the UK) is a peculiarly British tradition of winter musical comedy theater. It has nothing to do with mime - silent performers in white-face make up walking into glass or doing Marcel Marceau-type physical comedy.
British pantomime takes familiar fairy tales and children's stories - Cinderella, Aladdin, Dick Whittington and His Cat, Snow White - and injects a bit of music hall (British Vaudeville) sensibility, contemporary references and audience participation to create a raucous, noisy entertainment that's fun for everyone in the family.
Our hero, Jim Ladd, has to rescue Mary-Ann, the love of his life, from the clutches of Captain Beardy and his villainous pirates, and win her hand and the approval of her father the grumpy mayor.
There's ghosts, treasure, bananas, a dancing cow and Sirocco the goddess of the winds.
It's more than a performance - the audience cheer, sing, hoot and holler.
Adults will love it just as much as the kids.