When: 27-29th of November 2008
Where: College of the North Atlantic, Building 1, Education City
What: The Wishing Well Pantomime
The Doha Players Theatre will present the pantomime The Wishing Well from November 27 to 29 at the College of the North Atlantic-Qatar, Building 1.
The Wishing Well, which was written by Arnold Ashbrook and adapted by Sarah Jenkins, is a traditional British holiday pantomime. Jenkins has been involved in more than 20 shows over the years, backstage and onstage.
“Like all pantomimes, this is truly a family event: hilarious, hysterical and with lots of chances for audience participation,” said Elaine Potter, show producer.
“The show is filled with jokes, slapstick humour and songs it’s sure to be a laughter-filled day one would remember for a long time,” said Potter.
According to Potter, the show features the witch Grizelda, who has been banished from Fairytale Land because she keeps messing up spells. “As punishment, she is asked to guard the wishing well. Now, it comes to her notice that some bad people are planning on stealing the medallion of Old King Cole and she needs small people to go down the well into Fairytale Land,” said Potter.
“Three children, Peter, Lucy and Rachel got lost in the woods and stumble upon the well and so Grizelda sends them down there,” she said. Potter said as the children lands in Fairytale Land, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, the Prince Charming, the Ugly Sisters and other characters of famous fairy tale books. “It’s a feel-good show where good triumphs over evil and all ends well,” she said.
The Doha Players, which is a well-known theatrical group in Doha, has been entertaining their audience with the magic of live theatre for a number of years.
The word Pantomime means a form of entertainment which is generally performed during the Christmas season. Most cities and towns all over the United Kingdom have a form of Pantomime at this time of year.
The origins of the British Pantomime or Panto date back to the middle ages, taking on board the traditions of the Italian Commedia dell’ Arte, the Italian night scenes and the British Music hall to produce an intrinsic art form that has been adapted up to the present. Pantomime, as we know it today, is a show predominantly aimed at children based on a popular fairy tale or folk legend.
“Eighteen children and 20 adults will be performing in this show and we are all very excited about it. The audience will be meeting familiar characters from famous fairy tales and this is something we know the children will love,” said Potter
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