Holiday Fun with Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood - theHumm November 2019
Holiday Fun with Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood - theHumm November 2019
The above is the description of a pantomime according to Dictionary.com . Many folks who are unfamiliar with the genre mistakenly think there will be no talking, but the opposite couldn’t be more true. There is singing and dancing, and an important part of the pantomime experience is audience participation. We polite Canadians are reluctant to shout out at a show, but it is expected here! You MUST boo the baddies and cheer on the goodies. The ex-pats in the audience will lead you along!
This will be director Emily Duberville’s sixth time at the helm of this sometimes overwhelming project. With lots of songs to learn and dance steps to perfect, there is a lot of rehearsal required to make things look flawlessly fun. However, coming from a British family, Emily grew up with the true form of pantomime in her homeland, and her parents (who are both very involved with the production) also have their memories of pantomimes. And judging by the number of British accents that order tickets over the phone, they’ve got a good thing going!
This year’s epic family fun pantomime at the Station Theatre is Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. In this fabulously colourful action-packed tale, the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, played to perfection by Garry Welsh, is losing his taxes to our hero Robin (Mandi Reed). When the Sheriff discovers that his late brother’s children Tilly and Tommy (Hannah Thomlinson and Aaron Sinclair) have inherited a fortune, he decides to “bump them off” with the help of his henchman Dennis (Josh Rutherford) in order to gain their riches.
Add in Marion (Odessa Mitchell), Alan-a-Dale (Jesse Gibson), hungry Friar Tuck (Tim Bisaillon) and a slightly manic Little Joan (Emily Burns/Olivia Pryce) and you have the makings of a rollicking, high-energy pantomime. Returning this year as the Dame is veteran Mike Adams, bringing us his trademark performance as Winnie Widebottom, Marion’s former nurse; as well as Addison Brown and Xander Duff as some delightful rabbits who are in on the action. The cast is supported by a strong chorus comprised of Nathan Matthews, Taylor Gilligan, Michelle Vienneau, Ming Leonard, Matia Sinclair, Abby Spencer and Tia Duff.
This panto is destined to make audiences laugh, boo, hiss and applaud the heroes and villains at every performance. Come out for a taste of Britain and a true Christmas tradition. You’ll be glad you did!
In order to allow for more families to come out for this show — after all, it is a very family-friendly show — there will be matinées on both the Saturday and Sunday show days. There are 7:30pm shows on November 29 and December 5 & 6, and 2pm matinées on November 30 and December 1, 7 and 8. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and can be purchased with cash at Special Greetings (8 Russell Street in Smiths Falls), online or by phone (283–0300) with credit card. If tickets are still available, they can be purchased a half-hour before showtime, at the door, with cash. For more details, please visit smithsfallstheatre.com .
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