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Written by Crystal Weltzin
Directed by Kerri Norris

Traditional British Panto at it’s rambunctious best! Sparkling, magical, family fun awaits when you join our wacky cast! Come and sing along with toe-tapping music, groan at corny old jokes, cheer the good guys and boo the bad in another hilariously funny show with sparkling sets and colourful costumes. A perfect holiday treat for the whole family!

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  • Suitable for:

    ALL AGES!
    Parental Guidance may be laughed at.

  • Panto

    Audience likely to get involved!
    Not very serious, Super FUN,
    RISK of shouting & laughing
    Chance of belly-busting...
    likelihood of zany jokes...

  • Relaxed Performance*

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Show-Dates-B6

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Surrey Arts Centre

DEC 16 | 17 | 2307:30pm
DEC 17-18 & 24 & 2603:30 PM
DEC 22*06:30pm
  

Massey Theatre

DEC 307:30pm
DEC 312:00pm
JAN 1*2:00PM
  

Cast:

The Crew:

Kerri is an Director, Actor, Costumer, Producer and sometime Dramaturg as well as being an Instructor at Trinity Western University. She has an MFA in Acting from CalArts in Los Angeles. Directing credits include Blithe Spirit (RCTC), The Snow Queen (TWU), Henry V, (Pacific Theatre – Stones Throw)), and Much Ado About Nothing (Shadows & Dreams). Kerri is the resident costumer for RCTC and is also one of the co-founders of Shadows & Dreams Theatre Company. In January she will be directing a collection of new plays at TWU.

Well, it’s been quite the year! And while it feels like a century since we’ve seen people live in a social setting, we’re glad to be back! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Electrician by day and Assistant Stage Manager by night, Jason Bunch has become an important part of the Royal Canadian Theatre Company. Jason started by watching pantomimes, then helping backstage and is now completely immersed himself into the drama world thanks to his fiancée, Crystal Weltzin, and his now panto family. Jason is very excited for everyone to see the hard work he and the crew have put into building this production.

Rest in Peace. This year our wonderful musical director passed away. We will be dedicating this production to him for all the amazing work he did with us.

Geoff began his musical career as a wobble board tuner, but soon graduated to washtub bass enthusiast. In several years since that humble start he has moved, nay leapt, from instrument to instrument as though the floor of the orchestra pit were lava. Now, finding himself balanced precariously upon the keyboard, Geoff brings you tonight’s performance. Previous musical compositions include the catchy “Whoops, It’s A Snail!” and the stunningly original “Total Eclipse of the Spleen” from Not Up My Trousers, Vicar!

Nigel began his technical career with a critically-acclaimed turn as ‘Tree’ and ‘Candy Cane’ in “Hansel and Gretel” at age five. More recently (and relevently), he has designed lights for dozens of productions around the Lower Mainland, including many for RCTC and for Peninsula Productions. He is one of the founding members of Shadows and Dreams Theatre Company. He is also on the board of Monster Theatre. In real life, Nigel is a computer programmer, and, oddly enough, does this for “fun”.
  • Amanda Haggett
  • Peter Russell
  • Daryl Van Humbeck
  • James Walker

One of the things I love about Panto is tradition. We all have a lot of traditions especially around the holiday season and for many of you coming to Panto is one of yours. This year’s Panto feels very different. We talk a lot about why in our dedication to Geoff King, an integral part of our Panto family who will be greatly missed.

And it is a family. Theatre often feels like that. And this show, of all three in our season, always feels like coming home. Familiar faces and some new ones, good guys & bad guys, monsters & mayhem. And of course that little bit of magic. Maybe it’s the season, maybe it’s the fairytale, maybe it’s the love of making theatre or perhaps all three. So here we are again with one of my favourite fairy tales. Whether you hearken back to the original by Hans Christian Andersen or that now more famous version, with the song we all know, it’s ultimately a story about a family; the one you are born with and the one you create along the way. So from our Panto family to you: enjoy the show and let the magic begin!

Dear Audience;

 

It is that most wonderful time of the year once again, Panto time!  Performed especially at Christmas time Pantomime is a funny musical play based on traditional children’s stories.  With roots rich in history, Panto was first developed in England and is a participatory form of theatre in which the audience is encouraged and expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers.  Fast forwarding to current day performed throughout Christmas and New Year’s you will still find Panto performed here on the West Coast combining musical entertainment, slapstick, and topical humour buried within a familiar fairy tale. From our very first performance, an original script of “Cinderella” written by our Founding Artistic Director Ellie King over 15 years ago the Royal Canadian Theatre Company has been bringing a holiday tradition to audiences annually. This year we are very excited to present to you the Royal Canadian Theatre Company’s version of the Snow Queen, written by Crystal Weltzin and directed by Kerri Norris, featuring all original music by the late Geoff King. We are looking forward to entertaining and delighting you.

Feel like coming out to play with us? There are many ways that you can contribute; become a sponsor, member,  we would love to have you join our family. The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is a not for profit society dedicated to providing affordable quality all-inclusive entertainment to audiences and we would like to thank all of our sponsors and many dedicated volunteers who make it possible for us to bring live entertainment to the stage.  And now we invite you to enjoy our show.

 

To Geoff with all of our love… this one is for you.

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