snow white and the seven dwarfs
by Ben Crocker
It’s December in Powell River, which means that Theatre Now! is well into rehearsals for the production of this year’s Christmas Panto.
For folks unfamiliar with the term Panto, it is short for Pantomime, which refers to the English tradition of a formulized play once referred to as low opera. The English pantomime is full of song and dance, audience participation and all kinds of humorous antics, as well as “any thing for a laugh” dialogue.
For this year’s offering of Snow White expect the traditional lineup of Panto characters with a few twists in the plot, of course.
For example, our dame Dolly Dumpling, played by Dez Hussey, will bring her charms to the stage as “she”, her son Danny, (Lockman Wong) and Prince Frederick (Maenyn Forsythe) along with the seven dwarfs help save Snow White (Stephanie Pearse) from the evil Queen Caligula (Nicole Narbonne) along with the queen’s servant Black Wing (Tricia Andrews) and the semi-evil comic cohorts Bogwart and Stinkwart (Michael Munday and Tina Thompson).
It’s a fun filled evening of riotous theatre comedy, with actors from 7 years old to … well, the Queen says “There’s no need to go into that just now!”
Director Brian Liddle is excited to also introduce this year’s musical ensemble The Mellow Gnomes, lead by musical director, Al Dicken.
Fairy Goodheart Haley Smith
Wonderwings Barb Richards
Queen Caligula Nicole Narbonne
Black Wing Tricia Andrews
Speak True Ted Durnin
Snow White Stephanie Pearse
Dolly Dumpling Desmond Hussey
Danny Dumpling Lok Man Wong
Prince Frederick Maenyn Forsyth
Bogwort Tina Thompson
Stinkwort Michael Munday
Bear Jeannie Brown
The Seven Dwarfs:
TD Robert Holmgren
Grouchy Eli Chapple
Snoozy Lok Wing Wong
Cheerful Emma-Lee Gale
Sniffly Zeke Chapple
Dozy Lok Hang Wong
Disney Sabine Chapple
Jeannie Brown, Freeman Agorista, Pat Hanson, Heidi Gale, Ted Durnin, Howard Durnin, Katie McLean
The Metro Gnomes:
Al Dicken, Marc Dupuis, Carston Huber & Brian Liddle
Director Brian Liddle
Producer Nicole Narbonne
Stage Manager Teresa Steinfort
Musical Director Al Dicken
Choreographer Mariah Sheridan
Set construction Walter Forsyth
Tech Ben Pearse
Sound recording Low Key Studio
Ad Sales Shainil Jessa
Photography & Video Gary Slootweg
Prompter Greg Chapple
Props & Design Jolaine Wright & Kelly Munday
Stage hands Wolfgang Steinfort, Paul Wiltse, Stuart Itso, Robin Gibson,
Andrew Berg, Darrell Pearse
Costumes Stephanie Pearse, Tricia Andrews
Drop design Robin Gibson
Set painting Doug Brown, Nicole Narbonne, Robin & Samanth Gibson, Pat Hanson, Lok Man Wong, Lok Wing Wong
Publicity Nicole Narbonne & Maenyn Forsyth
Front of house Mary Johnston, Tracy Gurney
Corwyn and Elsa Carpenter, Sharlene Reid
Here is your guide to audience participation when you come to our Christmas Pantomime:
1. Be enthusiastic! React to whatever happens. It gives us confidence!
2. Cheer for Robin Hood & boo the evil Sheriff. Really, it's ok. They want you to.
3. Laugh at all our jokes! We’ve worked hard on our comedic timing.
4. Clap after all the songs. It takes a lot of courage to sing on stage!
5. Turn off your cell phone, and boo anyone who doesn’t!
6. Have a wonderful time at the show, and tell your friends to come to the next one!