BIBLE HILL – A pantomime written by a local actress is about to come to life.
Linda Finnie, who performed in Shakespeare in Victoria Park, wrote the pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’. Finnie and Beth Terry (Crucible, Songs for a Winter Night) are co-directing the piece, set to take to the stage at Alumni Theatre at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
“In England in the Middle Ages, the ‘Mummers Play’ was a traditional folk play based on the stories of St. George and the Dragon, which evolved over the centuries into the modern type of musical comedy stage production suitable for the whole family,” wrote Finnie, about the pantomime. “Part fairy tale, part comedy, part music and dance, with larger than life characters and audience participation. A Christmas tradition.”
Sleeping Beauty features a cast of 13 main actors, with a chorus of smaller children – all from the local community. Carl Goodwin, who also performed in Shakespeare in Victoria Park, will fill the role of the Pantomime Dame ‘Nanny Bunion.’ The two narrators, Stan and Ollie, are played by Scott Whitelaw of Sugar Moon Farm, and James Finnie, who the audience may know from Bullseye with Roger Moore and Michael Cane. Emma Smit-Geraghty (Crucible, and Someone Like Her) plays the ‘Evil Fairy.’
The cast members have been rehearsing their roles since auditions in September.
“They have far surpassed my expectations, breathing life into all the characters and truly making them their own,” said Finnie. “I am so excited about the production and can’t wait to see it on the live stage and to see the audience experience the magic that I grew up with.”
Finnie said the pantomime is a fundraiser, with proceeds going to the Colchester Highland Games and Gathering, as well as, hopefully, enabling under-privileged children in the community experience music and dance through local classes funded by the proceeds.
“I hope this will become something that families will look forward to around the Christmas holidays and that the low cost of attending will make it accessible to all,” said Finnie.
Sleeping Beauty will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 30, as well as 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 2. All shows will be held at Alumni Hall at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus on College Road, Bible Hill. Tickets are $7.50 each and can be purchased at MacQuarries Pharmasave on the Esplanade, or online at www.colchesterhighlandgames.com.
NOTE: A performance was also set for the evening of Dec. 1, however due to unforeseen circumstances, the evening performance was cancelled. Tickets for the evening show can be used at any of the other performances.