Trafalgar Theatre Group presents Peter Pan the Panto
by Gibraltar Tours
A mischievous boy who can fly and never grows up, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood having adventures on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang, the Lost Boys, interacting with mermaids, Native Americans, fairies, pirates, and occasionally ordinary children from the world outside Neverland. In addition to two distinct works by Barrie, the character has been featured in aall sorts of v media and merchandise. These include an animated film, a dramatic film, a TV series and other works.
J.M. Barrie created his character based on his older brother, David, who died in an ice-skating accident the day before his 14th birthday. His mother and brother thought of him as forever a boy. The “boy who wouldn’t grow up” Peter’scharacter has been described like this many times.
Pantomimeis a kind of theatrical musical-comedy production, popular in the United Kingdom and some countries with 19th-century connections to British culture like Gibraltar.
. Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Upis not strictly a pantomime play, but it has many features in common (especially the tradition of a woman playing the part of the lead boy character)
Peter is played by a female,
An older woman is usually played by a man in drag.
Audience participation, including calls of “Look behind you!” and “Oh, yes it is!” or “Oh, no it isn’t!” The audience is always encouraged to boo the villain and “awwwww” the poor victims.
The audience is encouraged to sing a song; often one half of the audience is challenged to sing “their” chorus louder than the other half.
An animal, played by an actor in animal costume. It is often a horse or cow, played by two actors in a single costume, one as the head and front legs, the other as the body and back legs. (Nana and the Crocodile are both played by individual actors in costume.)
A good fairy always enters from stage right and an evil villain enters from stage left. In the medieval mystery plays the right side of the stage symbolised Heaven and the left side symbolised Hell.
Sometimes the villain or popular character will squirt members of the audience with water guns .
The Chorus are very important in the production they can be considered extras on-stage, and often appear in multiple scenes (but as different characters) and who perform a variety of songs and dances throughout the show. Due to their multiple roles they may have as much stage-time as the lead characters themselves.
The Trafalgar Theatre Group did an absolutely grand job and ticked all the boxes….
A Big thank you for working so hard year in and year out.
Children and adults enjoyed it equally and certainly joined in getting wet, singing and did a lot of booing……. Some have been known to have lost their voice….
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