Today we begin to celebrate a little bit of pantomime.
But do you know the rules of pantomime?
To be the 'panto' version of the story, a production must:
• Be set in a romanticised vision of the local community, celebrated in song by a chorus of townspeople.
• See love triumph and villains redeemed.
• Have its villain enter from stage-left, and its hero from stage-right.
• Feature original songs and parodies of the popular songs of the day, and a singalong with lyrics printed on an enormous song sheet.
• Contain slapstick.
• Challenge the audience into call and response with the characters.
• Feature a dame who makes risqué jokes and throws sweets into the audience.
• Allow the actors to acknowledge the audience's presence whilst remaining in danger within the story.
• At some point, bring a child from the audience on stage.
Now see if the Anson Players stick to any of these rules in the 2011 (yes 9 years ago!) performance of Cinderella. Back then our children in Year 6 were just 2 years old!
From this small cast only the director, Mr Clargo and the cast members Ms Bijlani, Mr Waters, Mr Pile and Mr Diamond remain at Anson.
Oh and here are the answers to the Pantomoji!
1. Puss in Boots
2. Babes in the Wood
3. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
4. Jack and the Beanstalk
5. Mother Goose
6. Snow White
8. Sleeping Beauty