Panto Come Home!: ghosts of Christmases past

Publicity photo: Panto Come Home!

Photo of Donna Soares, Mark Chavez, Dawn Petten and Amanda Sum by Emily Cooper

The whole is less than the sum of its parts, but some of those parts are excellent.

This year’s (online) East Van Panto is a collection of greatest musical hits from the last seven years of The Cultch and Theatre Replacement’s pantos. Writer Mark Chavez strings the songs together with a story that’s triggered by the arrival of the Phanto of the Panto. A Phantom of the Opera kind of guy, the Phanto has been lurking in the bowels of the York Theatre for years and he’s seen every frickin’ performance of every frickin’ panto since 2013; he’s desperate to see something new and he suggests the company build this year’s show around the little-known Grimm brothers tale “The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage” (which actually exists). [Read more…]

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