december 2017 | Volume 162
It’s that time of year again when the White Rock Players’ Club presents its annual Pantomime. Having produced PANTO’s for over 50 years, this year has a few fresh faces taking the helm. This year’s Panto is, “lovingly ripped-off”, from the Victor Hugo masterwork ~ The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and based on the script by Panto master, Dave Baron. The new creative team invites you to step in to a different take on this classic.
Under the direction of Alex Lowe and Ann-Marie Zak, with Music Director Marquis Byrd, and Choreographer Rachael Carlson, the Hunchback and the realm of pantomime collide in a glorious explosion of music and magic. This show is shaped with elements that will be very familiar to long-time White Rock Panto-goers, and will add a few new motifs rolled into the mix.
SUMMARY—Set in Paris in the roaring twenties; our show follows a cast of characters struggling to make a life in one of the most important courtyards in the city - La Cathedral de Notre Dame. Beggars, aristocrats, and poets all live under the watchful eyes of Cardinal Frollo, portrayed by Kelly Thompson. Kelly adds the right amount of evil, all the while keeping a watchful eye on Quasimodo – Ben Pilger. Ben leaps with both feet into the guise of the shy misguided bell ringer.
Samantha Silver transforms into the young poet Pierre Bonhomme. Samantha injects a sense of pride and wonderment into the role, as she attempts to woo and win the heart of the beautiful Esmeralda, played by Juliana Peralta. The Queen of the Beggars – La Belle Chantefleure (Dame Bryce Mills), returns to the Panto stage as a lady with a secret! Dramatic as always, he (or should we say SHE) will bring laughter to the Grinchiest Grinch.
White Rock Players' Club President Fred Partridge says, “Our Paris exists in an imperfect harmony, caught in a tug-of-war between a very sweet Angel, who has the best of intensions at heart, and the resident Demon who wants to bring out the worst in people. Throw in a mysterious Stranger and her amazing pet, you will be taken to a place that is more than a little out of balance! In this hilarious and sometimes poignant tale we hope you will partake in cheering on your favourite character and joining in on our popular sing-a-longs.”
Doors open at 6:30 pm; Curtain at 7:30pm ~ 1:30 pm doors; 2:30pm curtain for matinees. Snacks & drinks available at concession (cash only).
Tickets cost $22 ($15 for Children 12& under). Previews (Wed. Nov. 29th and Thurs. Nov. 30th) are only $10.
ABOUT THE COMPANY—There is something for everyone at the White Rock Players' Club. With a history of producing plays for over 70 years, from comedies to dramas, thrillers and musicals, WRPC is a cultural staple of the Lower Mainland and offers audiences quality productions in the heart of charming White Rock.
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