GEORGE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS - December holiday is around the corner and many of us can't wait for days of sea, sun and sand. But even the most avid sun worshipper occasionally looks around for alternative entertainment.
So how about a fantastic, fun, frivolous pantomime?
For many years the George Society of Arts has pleased kids and parents alike with a pantomime at the George Arts Theatre over the December holidays and this year is no exception. Peter Pan: The Panto of Epic Adventures in Neverland is certain to bring back the zing when the beach gets boring.
A pantomime is live theatre; family entertainment that typically has singing, slapstick humour and dancing and is based on a fairy-tale or well-known storybook. What makes a pantomime different is that the audience participates by singing along and shouting replies to the performers. It often includes references to current affairs and innuendo to make the adults laugh while it goes over the children's heads.
Peter Pan has a wonderful cast of 28 very talented children and adults who have grown from inexperience to become confident actors that generate great onstage energy. The pirates will curl your blood, the fairies will tickle your fancy and Peter Pan and the lost children will carry the story forward with skill and enthusiasm.
Peter Pan is directed by Heather Stead, who directed Robin Hood in 2005 and has a wealth of experience in the world of drama. Assistant director is Xolisa Mtshiselwa who has directed 30min adapted plays such as Romeo and Juliet in isiXhosa,
The Tempest and Macbeth, for the Schools Shakespeare Festival. Megan Oates is keeping the dancers in great form and choreographing all the dance numbers. The society thanks Alf and Peter of the George Woodworkers, Pat Savage and the team of painters who have built the set and Sevi for the wonderful work of projections.
Hartland TV has made the video of the children flying.... they were so excited to be photographed in a real film studio! It is exciting to see the young actors grow and become confident, generating great onstage energy. This is going to be a show not to miss!
The show runs from 5 to 15 December. Book your tickets at Computicket or at the theatre office. Price are R60 for kids, R80 for members, R90 for pensioners and R120 for adults. Spend some quality family time this Christmas holiday and come see the show.
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