Town Players of New Canaan Announce Auditions for Trouble in Pantoland
Many fun, comical roles for actors of all ages! Singing and dancing ability a plus, but certainly not necessary. I am looking for actors with spunk who can carry a tune. There will be audience participation in the show and limited opportunities for improvisation. Auditioners will read sides from the play. No need to prepare a song. A simple song will be provided for you.
Dec. 6 and 13 at 8pm, Dec. 7,8,14 and 15 at 2:30pm
TROUBLE IN PANTOLAND is a unique panto because it combines several fairy tales characters. The Evil Queen, accompanied by her assistant, Number One, the Captain of the Guard and her sassy, back-talking magic mirror, rules over pantoland.
The Queens son, Prince Charming is engaged to the beautiful Cinderella. She is always trying to do away with her step-daughter, Snow White, who (much to her chargrin) is the fairest in the land. However, her attempts at snuffing out Snow White are really just a subterfuge to trick the Handsome Prince Gwain into marrying her. Prince Wilhelm is engaged to The Queens great, great aunt, Sleeping Beauty. The local shop is run by the dim-witted dame, Widow Twanky, assisted by her son Aladin and the hopelessly incompetent Bert Butterfingers.
Meanwhile, an Evil Wizard, emboldened by the predictions of the three crones (hilariously irreverent spoofs of the witches from MacBeth), seeks to wrest control of Pantoland from the Evil Queen. He has cast a spell which has turned Pantolands heroes into statues! The Evil Queen must now join forces with the three princesses, Number One, the Captain, Widow Twanky, Bert Butterfingers and a variety of other pantoland characters in order to defeat the evil wizard and save the day.
For those of you unfamiliar with British Pantomime (or panto), it has nothing to do with French guys with their faces painted white trying to escape from invisible boxes. There is actually a great deal of talking and some singing as well! Panto is a 300 year old theatrical tradition with roots in the Italian Commedia delarte and the British Music Hall. It is a blend of fairy tale, farce, melodrama, musical theatre, slapstick, and vaudeville.
While Panto is family friendly entertainment, there is also a lot of subtle adult humor delivered in the form of clever innuendo and witty double entendre. There is also some cross-dressing. In every Panto there is the traditional Dame, the dim-witted but lovable female lead played by a man in colorful, ridiculously garish drag. The role of the principal boy is traditionally played by a woman in shorts, fishnet stockings and boots (think Sandy Duncan as Peter Pan).
There is no fourth wall and the audience is encouraged to cheer the hero, boo the villain and heckle the characters onstage. There are a lot of group sing-a-longs and audience participation gags. No tomato throwing allowed, though. Its too hard to get the stains out of the costumes!
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