The Waterworks Players newest production – Aladdin, debuting Friday, December 1 – brings the cherished British holiday tradition of pantomime to Farmville.
First, a clarification. Say the word “pantomime” and most Americans think of a mute guy in white makeup trying to get out of an imaginary box or pulling an imaginary rope. That’s a mime, and this isn’t that.
Instead, pantomime (or panto) is a centuries-old comedy tradition popular around the holidays throughout Great Britain that takes a well-known fairy tale and incorporates songs, gags, slapstick, topical humor, and actors playing the opposite gender in an over-the-top way, all while interacting directly with the audience.
“If you grew up in Great Britain, you went to see a panto every Christmas,” said director Mary Jo Stockton, who grew up in Scotland and introduced the panto to Farmville over a decade ago. “It’s really fun for kids, the perfect introduction to theater. The actors talk to the audience, and they can be part of the story.”
Bring the whole family, but you may want to buy your tickets online as these shows often sell out. Now in its 12th year, this cherished British holiday tradition seems to be really catching on as a cherished Farmville holiday tradition, too!
Friday, December 1, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Friday, December 8, 7 p.m.
Friday, December 9, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Industrial Park Rd, Farmville, VA 23901