PLANNING for WINTER 2022
Written by TBA
Directed by TBA

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!

PLANNING for WINTER 2022
  • 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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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.
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.

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!

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!
This is Sheila’s 29th season with Geoff and Ellie King. She is thrilled to be here again to help bring the magic of panto to you and your family. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
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”.
  • Jean ‘Mac’ Blackburn
  • Aeron Elcheshen
  • Cayleigh Elcheshen
  • Danny Haasdyk
  • Danny Haasdyk
  • Charlotte Haasdyk
  • Amanda Haggett
  • Tonia Jurbin
  • Wayne Lam
  • Amrit Kaur Rai
  • Jujhar Chahal
  • Mad Hatter shoes Donated by Staffbase
  • SAMC Theatre

Here we are again! It was a very weird last year not spending December in the theater. Those of you who have been here before have seen my daughters grow up on this stage. Panto is part of their regular routine. They can’t remember a year without Panto and the friendships that have lasted over the years. So when it was determined in the summer that Panto was a go, it was very exciting. Covid necessitated a different way of putting things together. We invited back any of our Panto regulars who were available (We certainly miss those who weren’t!) and filled in the gaps with some wonderful new faces. And now we’re together again with all of you. The cast, crew and I hope you have as much fun as we did, getting to play again. So boo the bad guys, cheer the good guys and let us know if there is anything behind us! Welcome back. We missed you so much!

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