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SNOW WHITE KEEPS GRAND THEATRE TRADITION ALIVE!
KATE Peters believes pantomimes are the best way to plant theatre-loving seeds deep in the hearts and minds of the younger generation. The local theatre all-rounder – she performs, produces,
writes and directs – and Gold Coast Bulletin theatre columnist says pantos offer children the chance to be part of the show.
‘‘It’s very hands on and interactive – I want them to yell out and to boo the villain and cheer the hero,’’ she says.
‘‘If the kids have fun they are more likely to come back later in life. I feel very strongly about starting kids off on the right foot at theatre and it’s good fun.’’
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs – which opened yesterday in Spotlight’s Basement Theatre – is the 11th Peters has staged on the Coast.
While the production of the Grimm fairytale stays true to the original storyline, Peters used artistic licence (in true panto tradition) to write in local references with a soundtrack of modern songs by artists such as Beyonce, Pink, Michael Jackson and One Direction.
‘‘There are references to the cruiseship and light rail – you have to throw something in to keep the parents entertained,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s a whole different experience taking your child to theatre than it is sitting down and watching TV with them.
‘‘It’s a pretty special thing for parents to sit down with their kids and look at a story coming to life before them.’’
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs stars Myora Kruger as Snow White, Dominic Bradley as Prince Leopold, Katrina Lardner as The Wicked Queen, Martina French as Dame Whoopsie, Nathan French as The Huntsman, Francesca Spear as Duke Darcy and local juniors Matthew Spear, Jessica Johnston, Eryn Lardner, Amelie Golenko, Isabella Kruger, Baden Kruger, Riley Craig and Nikita Bazzana.
‘‘The audience will see the storybook come alive. It’s all about fantasy and magic – that’s what we should be doing
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs plays Spotlight’s Basement Theatre weekdays at 10.30am and 1.30pm and Saturdays at 11am and 2pm until July 6. Tickets are $16.
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JERAD WILLIAMS for kids,’’ Peters says. ‘‘These days they are expected to grow up quicker and the magic is missing. ‘‘They should stay kids for a bit longer.’’ Peters says while mums and dads will enjoy the funny jokes, kids will love the fast-paced story.
‘‘Adults have the longer attention span. Kids these days are brought up on television, which gives them an attention span of about nine minutes,’’ she says.
‘‘You have to engage them as much as you can with colour and movement. Every scene is very quick and there’s a song about every six or seven minutes.
‘‘There’s lots of singing and dancing. You have to make it fast for the young ones so it never becomes boring.’’
Right: Cast members of school holiday
panto Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, starring Myora Kruger as Snow
White and Katrina Lardner (pictured on cover) as The Wicked Queen.