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The Three Musketeers
December 30, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm$18 – $23
Theatre Britain presents The Three Musketeers, a traditional British panto. A panto is a traditional fairy tale presented as a melodrama, complete with wacky characters, songs, corny jokes and oodles of audience participation. Come cheer for the good guys, boo and hiss the bad guys and join in with the characters on stage. Rated: G. Runs Nov 25 – December 30 at the Cox Building Playhouse.
The British love a good panto. In fact the nation has been mad on it ever since the actor manager John Rich introduced it in 1717. It’s a wonderful way to entertain children, involving them interactively with the characters on stage, encouraging them to cheer, enlisting their help to support good characters and above all to see that the good chap helps the damsel in distress. And because panto works on two levels, there’s plenty for the adults to enjoy as well.
The centerpiece of any panto is The Dame, a comic, larger than life character, played by a man. The Principal Boy is the romantic male lead and is a ‘breeches part’, that is, played by a woman. The Villain is always very mean and nasty and must be booed and hissed by the audience at every opportunity! The Ghost Scene. What can we say about this? Well, there’s always a ghost who pops up when you least expect it and it’s up to the audience to warn the characters on stage. Audience participation is everything at a panto. Don’t be shy! Join in with the characters as they sing the silly song. Boo and hiss as loud as you can when the villain comes on. Oh, and look out for that ghost!
See website web for show times and tickets, or call the box office at 972-490-4202. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a British panto! Theatre Britain is closing it’s doors in Plano after the 2017 season.
Tickets: Adults $23, Seniors and Students $18, and Children $12
Photo by Michael C. Foster courtesy of Theatre Britain