If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kiddies, here’s all the info:
Event: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lakeside Players
Date: Thursday November 7 to Friday, November 10
Time: Friday shows 7 pm; Saturday 11 pm and 3 pm; Sunday 2 pm
Location: Ron Kolbus Centre, main theatre, Britannia Park
Boo the Evil Queen! Sing with the Seven Dwarves! Cheer for True Love’s Kiss!
This November, Ottawa’s Lakeside Players presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the amateur theatre company’s 21st Panto, featuring a cast of young actors and a junior chorus. In true British panto style, the audience will be a full participant in the musical performance, called upon to cheer the heroes and boo the villains – and even sing along.
The play features young actors from as young as five, from across the city.
“It’s a chance to be in an acting production and you get to meet other kids,” says Clara Van Maltzan, 12, who plays the dwarf, Cheerful. “The best part is being up on stage on the night of ths show, with all the lights and the music and knowing it’s really happening.”
The play is written by Ben Crocker, and since it didn’t come with a musical score, involves some more modern musical pieces – including a song made famous by the movie Enchanted.
“We have some great music,” says Cathy Dowsett, the musical’s chorus director. “I am excited to be working with such a talented group of youth,”
The panto runs from November 7th through to November 10th, with two matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $7 for children, $12 for adults and $10 students and seniors.
The Lakeside Players is a non-profit community theatre group that formed in Ottawa in 1990, and has been a showcase for local talent, young and old, for more than two decades. Their performances involv actors and technical staff from across the city. The fact that many of the actors and crew have been members of the company for years – for many it’s a family affair – is evidence of both the success of Lakeside Players, and the importance that amateur theatre groups like this play in creating community.