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Annual Pantomime kicks off December sked at Capitol Theatre

Ari Lord
By Ari Lord
November 28th, 2023

It’s December . . . meaning it’s the most wonderful time of the year for the Capitol Theatre Christmas Pantomime.

This year’s show gets its inspiration from The Prince and the Pauper, which is a beloved historical fiction novel by American novelist Mark Twain.

“Preparations are coming along really well. We have one more rehearsal and then we are ready to open on Thursday,” says Kyla Hurst, Box Office Manager at the Capitol Theatre.

The novel features the journey of two boys (one prince and one poor) who look rather alike, who trade outfits and get to experience life through each other’s eyes.

Written for children, this novel is both a critique of social inequality and of judging others by their appearance.

Pantomime is a theatrical show mainly for children, involving music, timely jokes, and slapstick comedy and is based on a fairy tale or nursery story, usually produced around Christmas.

The Capitol Theatre Pantomime tradition invites parents to perform with their children, singing, acting, and dancing in a large cast. 

Hurst says the cast and crew are ready to hit the stage.

“The cast this year consists of 40 participants of all ages. Dénali Davis plays The Prince, Hazel Mackay plays The Pauper, Denis Sencal plays King Henry the VIII.”

Children younger than 13 need to have a parent take part to participate.

“The show is written, directed and costumed by Laurie Jarvis, Musical Direction by Eva Myers-McKimm and choreographed by Katherine Wall,” explains Hurst.

The audience can anticipate both hilarity and excellent entertainment on the night of the show.

“The audience can look forward to booing the bad guy, cheering the heroes, lots of laughter, songs and dance,” says Hurst.

The annual Pantomime show usually sells out.

“Don’t wait to get your seats, they go very fast,” says Hurst.

Tickets are on sale for $20 for an adult, $12 for 30 and under, and $50 for a family of four.

Don’t wait, as seats, go very fast for the Capitol Theatre Christmas Pantomime. — Submitted

Or, choose the “Pay It Forward” ticket option to purchase your seat. This option will add the cost of an additional ticket which supports the Capitol’s ticket voucher program.

There are many more events to look forward to at the Capitol this month.

On December 8th, Capitol Season event Continuum takes to the stage for a unique collaboration in music and dance. Classical violinist Natasha Hall and movement artists Acacia Schachte and Slava Doval team up to offer a unique collaboration in music and dance. The audience will experience mesmerizing and expressive dance as they journey through classical music.

The tickets are Adult $35, and 30 and Under $31.50.

Later in the month, on December 14th and 15th bring a collaborative musical event with 6 performances over two days, hosted by the Capitol Theatre but presented at the Nelson United Church called, Winter’s Night: Lalin, Corazón, and Solstice. 

Join directors Malaika Horswill and Allison Girvan along with their groups for a seasonal spectacle. 

Visit the Capitol Theatre website to buy tickets or for more information here.

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