You’re always in for a really fun time at one of Ross Petty’s panto stage productions. Last year I took my kids to see Petty’s The Wizard of OZ and we had a blast!
This year’s Ross Petty Production of Snow White The Deliciously Dopey Family Musical delivers the fun, the music, and the BOOS. WHAT? Yes.. the boos..the hissing…and the laughter and singing. If you’re familiar with Petty’s shows you’ll know that it’s a time honoured tradition to BOO his character (usually the evil character dressed in drag). And the more you BOO, the more jokes come out.
Petty and his cast hold back nothing – from commenting on the current political situation in our city to the hockey lock out..be ready, this is not your typical Disneyfied Snow White story. And while some one liners are clearly geared to the moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles there’s enough humour to keep everyone happy young and old. The 8 year old boy who sat beside me had absolute giggle fits throughout the show – I just loved that!
The audience can always expected the music to include pop culture favourites. I’m sure you can guess at least one of the songs that have taken over the airwaves…and you won’t be disappointed in Petty’s version!
This year’s production stars Canadian Idol winner Melissa O’Neil who made her debut in Petty’s 2010 production of Beauty and the Beast. O’Neil has the right combination of Snow White’s innocence and a knock-out singing voice that leaves you wanting more!
And how does James Bond (Graham Abbey) get worked into this? Dads will be happy with the Bond Girls and moms will be happy with James (ahem). You may also recognize Bryn McAuley’s voice (Caillou) as she steps into the very current role of Little Red Riding Hood aka “Red”. It’s a great mashup that takes Snow White to a whole different level…sorry Julia Roberts. So, don’t expect the the story you think you know.
This is a super fun family outing and a tradition for many over the holidays. Ross Petty Productions have been performing over the holiday season for 17 years now keeping the craft of PANTO alive in Toronto. In case you’re wondering, PANTO – is a musical comedy theatrical production traditionally performed during the Christmas season. Originally, a “pantomime” in Ancient Greece was a group who “imitates all” accompanied by sung narrative and instrumental music encompassing comedy. (you can read more on Wikipedia)
Snow White, The Deliciously Dopey Family Musical is at the Elgin Theatre (Toronto) until January 5, 2013. Tickets range from $27 to $85 for adults and $59 special pricing for children under 12. Great for all ages!!
For more information visit www.rosspetty.com
I found my older son would get some of the jokes buy my younger one didn’t even catch on! LOL and didn’t ask. But sure kept the parents entertained!
I liked the show, my only comment was that some of it was a bit risque for the kids. I LOVED the Wizard of OZ last year though.
Have a great time! Can’t wait to hear how you like it!
we’re going friday! can’t wait. i remember seeing ross petty at hamilton place when i was a kid…has to be over 30 years ago!