Theatre Quadra will present Sleeping Beauty on stage at the Quadra Island Community Centre Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2.
Written by Darcy Mitchell and directed by Candace Holmes with music direction by Linda Cannon, Sleeping Beauty is a rollicking comedy in the British pantomime tradition.
Not to be confused with mime, pantomimes feature singing, dancing, high drama, low villains, talking animals and much audience participation. Pantomime plots are based (rather loosely) on a fairy tale or other well-known story, with the hero played by a girl or young woman, and the comic female lead – “the Dame” – by a man. Theatre Quadra’s version of Sleeping Beauty has all of the panto elements, plus a few unusual twists and turns.
Performances are Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 (curtain at 7:30 p.m., doors open 7 p.m.) and a Sunday matinee on Dec. 2 (curtain at 2 p.m., doors open 1:30 p.m.). Tickets are $15 advance/$17 at the door for adults and $5/$7 for children under 12, and are available at Hummingbird Office and Art Supply in Quathiaski Cove, Works of H’Art in Heriot Bay, and the Music Plant in Campbell River.