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Alice In Wonderland – The Panto

Metro Theatre is thrilled to present Alice In Wonderland our Holiday Musical Pantomime, an annual tradition for 35 consecutive years. The maddest panto in town hits the stage December 13, 2019 and continues through to January 4, 2020. Evening performances are at 7:30 pm with Matinees at 2 pm.

Alice and the Dame perched high up in a Tree

This odyssey of odd takes our beloved literary heroine Alice far from home and into a land of song, suspense, and silliness. Fantastical characters designed to captivate the young of heart, regardless of age join Alice on her whimsical journey from the orderliness of Victorian London to the weird and wild depths of Wonderland. The White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and our perennial favourite Dame will see you there as Alice traverses the perils of this “curiouser and curiouser” Panto.

A cast of 25 talented singers, dancers, and actors bring the show to life in spectacular costumes, backed by an awesome jewel toned set with shifting platforms and lit clouds.

I am thrilled that in a vast 35 year Panto history we are still able to present new and exciting stories to our audiences.  Alice In Wonderland has never been done on the Metro Panto Stage.  It is the perfect mix of excitement and whimsy that will be sure to entice the entire family.” Chris Adams, Director

ALICE IN WONDERLAND is written by panto playwright Erik Gow, directed by Chris Adams, choreographed by Suzanne Ouellette with musical direction by Katie-Rose Connors, stage managed by Kat Palmer and produced by Alison Schamberger & Catherine Morrison   Photo credits: Tracy-Lynn Chernaske.  

Don’t be late for this very important date. Tickets from $28 adult and from $18 for Children under 12 (Family Value 4 Pack from $85) can be reserved by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191 or Purchase Tickets

 

Brightly coloured Smiling Cheshire CatAt the recommendation of the Cheshire Cat, our charitable appeal this year is on behalf of  VOKRA – the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association.  Should you be so inclined, you are invited to bring in items for the orphaned kittens and cats to put under our Christmas Tree in the lobby.  The collected food, treats, blankets, and toys will be delivered to the organization in January.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

ALICE……………………………………………………………………….Kyra Leroux

THE DAME …………………………………………………………………James T Walker

THE QUEEN OF HEARTS……………………………………………..Danielle Lemon

ALICE’S FATHER/KING OF HEARTS/CATTERPILLER………Peter Stainton

NIGEL, THE PRINCE…………….……………………………………..James Ross

FLOPSY THE WHITE RABBIT………………………………………..Emma Ciprian

THE MAD HATTER……………………………………………………….David Johnston

BIANCA/DOOR 4/CHESHIRE CAT/DEMONETTE/…………….Haley Allen

THE DEMON……………………………………………………………….Tyler Felbel

THE GOOD FAIRY……………………………………………………….Kate Yahn

DOOR 1/HEAD CARD………………………………………………….Allyson Rilley

THE DOWAGER COUNTESS/SENIL-ITY CAT………………….Gillian Myers

TWEEDLE-DUM………………………………………………………….Sparky MacDonald

TWEEDLE-DEE………………………………………………………….Malcolm Stead

COURTNEY/TWEEDLE-DUMMER……………………….…………Joscelyne Tamburri

DOOR 3/FLATULYNX/DEMONETTE………………………………Meghan Grant

TIM-TAM-TANKED/DEMONETTE/THE MARCH HARE………Julia Schwartz

ALICE’S MOTHER/DOOR 2/CAT/QUEEN US……………………Claire Stewart

MAGICAL MR. HASLOTSA-A-FLEAS……………………..…………Liam Fetigan

THE DOORMOUSE/CARD……………………………………………. Aias Dalman

A QUEENS CARD/CHILDRENS ENSEMBLE.……………………..Olivia Aduna

A QUEENS CARD/CHILDRENS ENSEMBLE………………………Simone Farley

A QUEENS CARD/CHILDRENS ENSEMBLE ..……………………Elizabeth Ford

A QUEENS CARD/CHILDRENS ENSEMBLE ..……………………Faro Koza-Rogers

A QUEENS CARD/CHILDRENS ENSEMBLE .…………………….Maneli Shafiee

 

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTOR………………………………………………………………….Chris Adams

PLAYWRIGHT……………………………………………………………..Erik Gow

CHOREOGRAPHER………………………………………………………Suzanne Ouellette

MUSICAL DIRECTOR……………………………………………………Katie-Rose Connors

PRODUCTION MANAGER……………………………………………..Catherine Morrison

PRODUCTION MANAGER……………………………………………..Alison Schamberger

STAGE MANAGER………………………………………………………..Kat Palmer

ASST STAGE MANAGER………………………………………………..Brooke Abram

SET DESIGNER……………………………………………………………Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

SCENIC PAINTER/SET DECORATION.……………………………Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

SCENIC CARPENTER.……………………………………………………Robin Richardson

COSTUME DESIGNER…………………………………………………..Rene Schindel

COSTUME LIAISON……………………………………………………….Sean Ullmann

LIGHTING DESIGNER…………………………………………………..Les Erskine

GENERAL MANAGER/TECHNICAL DIRECTOR…..…………………..…..Les Erskine

GRAPHIC DESIGN………………………………………..………………………..Barbara LaBounta

PUBLICITY.………………………………………………………………….Debra Danny  PHOTOGRAPHER…………………………………………………………Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

Metro Theatre is a non-profit theatre company, dedicated to promoting and developing theatre arts.  This is our 57th continuous season of bringing laughter, intrigue and surprise to live audiences. Alice In Wonderland is our 520th show.

Alice and The Dame reaching out to the White Rabbit

RELAXED PERFORMANCE

Metro Theatre is delighted to be offering a Relaxed Performance of Alice In Wonderland ~ the Panto on December 14, 2019 at 2 pm

Relaxed performances – sometimes called “sensory friendly performances” or “extra live” performances – are specifically designed to make theatre more welcoming to audience members with a developmental disability, autism spectrum disorder, or a sensory and communication disorder.

The actors are “expecting the unexpected” and lights, sounds and seating are adjusted for the audience. The theatre has balcony, “behind glass” and extra wheelchair seating. The audience is free to move during the performance.

The very nature of the Panto encourages audience participation for those who like to speak out. The performance is equally fun for the cast, crew, caregivers and family members!

Alice in the Rose Garden photoboombed by the Dame

The performance is essentially the same show with some small adjustments for comfort:

— Sound levels are reduced

— Lighting levels inside the auditorium are increased

— No strobe lighting and some special effects are changed

— Theatre doors are left open so you’re free to come and go

— You can move around during the performance if needed

— A chill out zone in the lobby to relax

RELAXED PERFORMANCE TIckets  are on sale now and  priced $18 for children under 12 and $28 for adults.  Family 4 packs are $85. GST is additional on all tickets.

FAST FACTS

Dame reading a story to Alice
SHOW TIMES:

EVENING Performances Dec 13, 19, 20, 27 & Jan 2, 3 at 7:30 pm

Matinee Performances Dec 14, 15, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29 & Jan 1, 4 at 2 pm

SHOW RUN:

Dec 13, 2019 – Jan 4, 2020

Relaxed Performance is Dec 14, 2019 at 2 pm

The Director’s Talk is Friday, DEC 20, 2019

The Preview is on Thursday, DEC 12, 2019 – it is the final dress rehearsal.

  • Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (includes the 15 minute intermission)
  • Guests will be invited up on stage after each perfomrance for a CAST signing – selfies and autographs.
LOCATION:

1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC.  Next to the on-ramp to the Arthur Lang Bridge by Marine Drive and Granville .

Alice helping the Dame climb the clock towerTICKET PRICING:

Tickets from $28 for adults or $18 for children under 12. Family 4 pack is $85. Preview performance $15.  *GST is additional on all ticket prices

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191 or purchased on line TICKETS

BOX OFFICE WINDOWS HOURS:

Thurs – Sat 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm  show weeks & 1 Hour before each show.
Box Office Phone: 604 266 7191

LICENSED LOUNGE HOURS:

Performance Evenings – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Performance Matinees – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

PARKING:

There is plenty of easy parking – in the parking lot, on the street, even ‘All Evening Parking’ for $4 at the Liquor Store Lot just up the street from Metro.

BUS ROUTES:

We’re close to the Marpole bus loop and on the #10 route. Check out www.translink.ca for transit directions.

CONTACT:

Metro Theatre via the contact form at the bottom of this page for more information, publicity photos, and arrangements for interviews.

THE STORY

Alice reading a book with the Dame sneaking around behind her

Alice has escaped her overbearing parents and a life of monotony by following the White Rabbit into Wonderland. The Mad Queen of Hearts is on a rampage expelling everyone and anything that doesn’t fit into the mold of the wackiness that is Wonderland… and that includes Alice!

Join Alice as she meets a crazy cast of characters as she explores Wonderland and makes her way back home. Will she be able to escape the reach of the Mad Queen of Hearts and evade lackeys Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum, and Tweddle-Dummer, and most importantly: will she sing and dance her way to freedom?

In true Panto fashion, the whole family is invited to participate in the action and help Alice make her way through the story.  You are invited to boo and hiss the bad guy, the iconic Panto Demon, and cheer on our hero under the protection of the Good Fairy.  Love, laughter and fun abound this holiday season with Alice in Wonderland ~ The Panto at the Metro Theatre.

DIRECTOR’S TALK

Portrait of Chris AdamsJoin Chris Adams, a Jessie Award Nominated Director and the cast on Friday December 20th immediately following that evenings performance of Alice in Wonderland.

Chris and the cast will discuss the merits of Pantomimes and how it translates to the world of Musical Theatre.

You will be given an inside look at how casting, rehearsals, and tech all work and are welcome to ask any question you have ever wanted to ask, we’ll be there with (Christmas) bells on!

Alice sitting on the Bridge with the Dame plotting something underneath her“I remember sitting in the audience, as a little kid, booing the demon and cheering the good fairy and then rushing to the stage after the show, just to get autographs from the cast.  From that childhood time Panto has kept a warm place in my heart.  It wasn’t until after theatre school that I was first cast in a Panto, the Metro Panto, of course. Alice In Wonderland is the fourth panto I have directed for Metro. There is a deep rooted respect of a time honoured tradition that influences all the knowledge and love I have of Pantomimes.

Alice and The Dame wlaking in the ForestThank you to the families that bring their kids to the theatre.  Who knows, one day, they might be directing it.  Happy Holidays!” Chris Adams, Director

There is no additional charge for the Director’s Talk, just stay in your seats or move up a bit closer to the stage.  The session will last approximately 20 minutes.