Web goes Ga Ga for killer Queen video by panto cast
Arts: Performers recreate iconic Bohemian Rhapsody look in viral clip
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
FOUR LITTLE SILHOUETTOES: The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk in the spoof video.
The clip was released to advertise the pantomime