Web goes Ga Ga for killer Queen video by panto cast

Arts: Per­form­ers recre­ate iconic Bo­hemian Rhap­sody look in vi­ral clip

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY ANA DA SILVA

Pan­tomime per­form­ers have brought a kind of magic to a north-east town with a Doric par­ody of a leg­endary rock an­them.

The Peter­head Panto Group has pro­duced a spoof ver­sion of Queen’s fa­mous video for Bo­hemian Rhap­sody in a bid to pro­mote its an­nual Christ­mas pro­duc­tion.

The clip, pro­mot­ing this year’s Jack and the Beanstalk show, has been viewed thou­sands of times on­line.

It tells the story through remixed Doric lyrics of the orig­i­nal song – which were rewrit­ten by panto codi­rec­tor Alas­dair Cor­bett.

Or­chard Me­dia So­lu­tions direc­tors Steven and Ch­eryl Lawrence helped com­plete the homage.

They say they sat down with Mr Cor­bett for a “brain­storm­ing ses­sion” in hopes of com­ing up with the per­fect way to an­nounce that tick­ets were go­ing on sale.

Mr Lawrence said: “We sat down with the direc­tors, who went through the story of Jack and the Beanstalk with us.

“This is the fifth time that we have been work­ing with them and ev­ery year we try to think of how to make some­thing bet­ter or dif­fer­ent.

“We wanted to be more mu­si­cally-based this year, since they have a par­tic­u­larly strong vo­cal cast.

“We were bounc­ing ideas around about a black back­ground el­e­ment and a pow­er­ful one in that re­gard is Bo­hemian Rhap­sody – which is very iconic.”

Mr Cor­bett said the re­hashed lyrics “came nat­u­rally”, and he wrote them in a span of a day.

He said: “I tried to keep it as close to the sounds and words of the orig­i­nal song.”

But the team ad­mit­ted to feel­ing un­der pres­sure as they tried to par­ody the fa­mous rock song.

Mr Cor­bett said: “There was that dan­ger of try­ing to pull this off, since it’s such an in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult song to sing.

“But ev­ery­one re­ally rose to the chal­lenge.”

Mr Cor­bett said the team were “amazed” with the fi­nal prod­uct be­fore it de­buted on­line.

This year the Peter­head Panto group is en­cour­ag­ing those in­ter­ested to pur­chase tick­ets in per­son af­ter last year’s flood of pur­chases crashed their web­site in the first 10 min­utes of the sale.

Tick­ets will go sale at 9am on Satur­day, and can be pur­chased at the Peter­head Com­mu­nity The­atre.

For more in­for­ma­tion, peo­ple can visit pe­ter­head­panto.com

Pic­tures cour­tesy of Or­chard Me­dia So­lu­tions

FOUR LIT­TLE SILHOUETTO­ES: The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk in the spoof video.

The clip was re­leased to ad­ver­tise the pan­tomime

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