A Specc-tacular Christmas panto

ake a traditional fairy tale, mix in some new comedic roles and set it to modern music and you’re following the recipe of Specc-tacular...

‘Gretel

Take a traditional fairy tale, mix in some new comedic roles and set it to modern music and you’re following the recipe of Specc-tacular Productions with their Christmas pantomime Hansel and Gretel.

The play is coming up on Dec. 17-19 at the ACT, and it is the 15th straight year the theatre group has done a Christmas pantomime.

“It’s a great script, and very, very family oriented,” said Jackie Stanley, who is co-directing her third play with Ed Marshall. “There’s lots of audience participation.”

A pantomime is a musical comedy, generally intended as family entertainment, and often with audience members singing or getting in on the action.

Marshall, who is undertaking about his 25th pantomime, noted the tradition of the pantomime dame will be observed through a couple of characters.

“It goes back to the 1800s, when women were not allowed to do theatre work,” said Marshall. “Now it’s more for comedy.”

Both the witch and a traveling gypsy Esmerelda will be dames, played by Patrick Larsen and Dean Anderson, respectively.

There will be two black light numbers, which the directors say have impressive effects, with ethereal music, birds singing and flying, thunderclouds and the witch appearing in a puff of smoke and brimstone.

Stanley said the cast of 25 has been working hard getting the production ready, and is notable for their level of experience and dedication.

“This is the most professional amateur theatre you’ll get in this area,” she said. “At our last show, people are always asking what we’re going to do next year.”

There will also be a gingerbread house competition for all kids aged 5-12. For details and an entry form, contact the newly opened Hansel and Gretel Bakery at 604-463-0034. The audience members will vote for their favourite house, and prizes will be given out at the 2:30 p.m. show on Dec. 19.

Showtimes will be 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 17 and 18, and the schedule for Saturday, Dec. 19 will be 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

• Tickets: 604-476-2787 or see www.theactmapleridge.org.

 

Just Posted

BREAKING: Residential fire in west Maple Ridge

An animal was seen inside the structure.

Skies open up in Maple Ridge

Strange cloud formation captured over Albion

Sale final of historic Mussallem Motors property

Plans are to put up two towers, 319 homes in downtown Maple Ridge

UPDATED: Man reportedly stabbed with ‘pen’ in downtown Maple Ridge

Woman arrested, man refused to go to hospital: Ridge Meadows RCMP

Maple Ridge vet trying not to euthanize spotted salamanders

Without permits, he can only send them to zoos.

SkyTrain strike averted after ‘eleventh-hour deal’ reached

CUPE 7000 says ‘marathon bargaining session’ led to tentative agreement with BC Rapid Transit

China hints at national security trials for 2 Canadians detained for one year

The two Canadians’ detention is largely seen as retaliation for the arrest of a Huawei exec

B.C. seaplane company set to test the first commercial electronic plane

The plane is powered by a 750 horsepower electric motor

Fireballs to fill the sky Friday for brightest meteor shower of the year

Geminid meteor shower features colourful, brighter, longer shooting stars

Province sues over sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after marine lift failed

Hope’s illicit drug death rate rivals Vancouver

Small Fraser Valley district listed among top five per capita in B.C.

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Most Read