Reps Theatre’s annual pantomime has opened and will run until mid-December, providing family audiences with some light-hearted festive season entertainment in the build-up to Christmas.
This year’s panto is titled Babes in the Wood and is based on an adaptation of a fairytale about two abandoned children and the story of Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest.
Directed by Graham Crutchley, the panto stars local actors Desiree Mostert, Munyaradzi Guramatunhu, Marc Thomas, Martin Bolt, Tim Harrap and 25 others.
“Panto is always great family fun and this show promises to be a colourful miscellany of song, dance, comedy and audience participation for children,” said the production director, Graham Crutchley.
Crutchley said the two Babes in the Wood productions were by Amy Bolt, daughter of well-known acting duo Sue and Martin Bolt and a newcomer to the stage, Reece Williams, son of long-standing dancers-modelling agency operators Malcom and Leanne Williams.
He said the musical director was Meg Mackenzie, who had assembled a band of five to provide the musical accompaniment to the singing and dancing sequences
Crutchley said Spar Zimbabwe had donated hampers to be given away in a lucky seat draw at each performance, and there was a collection box that has been set up in the Reps foyer for people to bring along donations of toys and other gifts for children helped by Childline, the children’s support agency assisted by Spar.
He said the show, which opened on November 30, would run until December 18, with 6:30pm performances each day except on Sundays and Mondays and two additional matinees on December 4 and 18.
“As always, we encourage audiences of all ages to come along and enjoy the unique treats and absurdities that pantomime affords, from a leading actor who is a woman and a leading actress who is a man, to chase scenes, slapstick comedy, audience participation and handouts of sweets for the children in the audience,” said Crutchley.
Advance booking for the show is open at The Reps theatre Spotlight, with discounted prices for pensioners and children.