Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up

“Oh No it isn’t. Oh Yes it is – a Panto Awakening”

This fairy tale re-telling pokes fun at technology with the audience complicit in finding, chasing and dealing with the ‘evil’ demon and the ‘good’ fairy by laughing, dancing and singing along.

Metro Theatre is thrilled to present Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up our Holiday Musical Pantomime, an annual tradition since 1985. The jolly panto hits the stage December 9, 2022 and continues through to January 2, 2023. Evening performances are at 7:30 pm with Matinees at 2 pm.

A wonderful rompish tale of a Princess on the prowl, a Nanny on the take, a Ninja Prince, and a King and Queen who haven’t a clue, all of them manipulated, cajoled and coached by a rhyming good fairy, a hungry Dame and a relentless demon instigator. There will be song and dance, tender moments, kissing, fight scenes, and a whole lot of mayhem!

Veronica Bonderud as Aurora and James Walker as The Dame, lead a cast of 20 talented singers, dancers, and actors to bring the show to life with colourful scenery, sparkling costumes , toe-tapping tunes, dazzling dance routines, slapstick gags and oodles of audience participation.

A mash-up of classic fairy tale, modern, local and topical comedy, raucous escapades and hilarious situations. Filled with music you can sing along to, characters you can cheer and jeer at and an annual holiday celebration that is tradition here and all over the world.” – Claude Giroux, Director

Sleeping Wakes Up is written by panto playwright Catherine Morrison, directed by Claude Giroux, choreographed by Linzi Voth with musical direction by Antony Knight, rehearsal stage managed by Jane Meikle  with Janice Howell as show stage manager and produced by Alison Schamberger & Catherine Morrison.
Photo credits: Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

Tickets from $30 adult and $25 for Children under 16 can be reserved by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191 or Purchase Tickets

THE CAST AND PRODUCTION TEAM

CAST

Isabella Albert ……………………………………………………………………………. Sprite
Tessa Baxter ……………………………………
Villager, Waltzer, Little Jingles, Sprite
Jackson Baxter ……………………………………………………… Guard, Villager, Waltzer
Veronica Bonderud ……………………………………………………………………….. Aurora
Brisa Curzon ……………………………………Villager, Waltzer, Little Jingles, Sprite
Kimball Finigan ……………………………………………………… Demon, Villager, Waltzer
Shane Lobsinger ………………………………………………………………Smitty, Villager
Amanda Lockhart ……………………………………………. Good Fairy, Waltzer, Villager
Dan Meredith …………………………………………………………………… Villager, Jingles
Tom Moody ……………………………………………………….. Villager, Waltzer, Narrator
Roger Monk ……………………………………………………………………….. King, Villager
Camille Musseau …………………………………………………………….. Queen, Villager
Jada Rosario ………………………………………………………………………………… Sprite
Aoife
Redmond ……………………………………………….. Villager, Waltzer, Attendant
Erin (Haydee) Salvador ……………………………………… Villager, Waltzer, Narrator
Christine Santa Maria ……………………………………………….Villager, Waltzer, Attendant
Emma Stenstrom ……………………………………………… Villager, Waltzer, Attendant
Xiaoqing (Sasha) Ye …………………………………………………………. Val and Villager
Cameron Thomson ……………………………………………………… Jake, Villager, Bear
Christine Thomson ………………………………………………………. Villager, Sycophant
James Walker …………………………………………………………………….. Dame, Nanny

PRODUCTION TEAM
Claude Giroux …………………………………………………………………….. Director
Catherine Morrison ……………………………………………. Writer/Co Producer
Alison Schamberger ………………………………………………………… Co-Producer
Antony Knight …………………………………………………………… Music Director
Linzi Voth ………………………………………………………………… Choreographer
Jane Meikle ……………………………………………………………… Rehearsal Stage Manager

Janice Howell ………………………………………………………….. Show Stage Manager
Keelin Costello …………………………………………….. Assistant Stage Manager
Rene Schindel ………………………………………………………. Costume Designer
Les Erskine ………Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Technical Director, GM
Daisy Fung ………………………………………………………………… Set Decorator
Heather Stewart ……………………….. Props, Construction, Box Office, Front Of House
Emily Dotson …………………………………………………………………… Set Painting
Roger Monk ……………………………………………………………… Sound Design
Alex Ross ………………………………………………. Assistant Technical Director
Robin Richardson …………………………………………………… Head Carpenter
Tracy-Lynn Chernaske ……………………………………………… Photography
Debra Danny ……………………………………………………………………. Publicist
Barbara Labounta ……………………………………………………. Graphic Design
Claire Turner …………………………………………………………. Costume Liaison

Director’s Talk

Join actor, James Walker, who plays The Dame, Nanny as she hosts this special Director’s Talk immediately following the show on Friday, December 16th, 2022.  Some of the cast of Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up  will join James on stage to chat with the audience about:

  • The role in the story telling of Sleeping Beauty the Dame plays and why is she historically played by a man.
  • The six main components within a Panto Storyline
  1. Gender role reversal
  2. Good versus evil story line
  3. Slapstick and physical comedy.
  4. Colourful costumes and set.
  5. Audience participation.
  6. Plot derived from a fairy tale.

 and how these are represented within the unique and original script by Catherine Morrison.

  • Pantomimes include a fair bit of improvisation with the audience. We will talk about the pros and cons of this constant interaction between actor and audience

After which, The Dame will open the session up for questions from the audience.

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

With such a large cast and so many costumes you never know what will happen in rehearsal! Scroll through the rehearsal pics to see how the show comes together from first read thru to dance practice to costume parades to fight scenes, and musical numbers while incorporating the unexpected.

FAST FACTS

SHOW TIMES:

EVENING Performances:
Dec 9,10,15,16,22,23,29,30  at 7:30 pm

Matinee Performances:
Dec 11,17,18, 26, 27 & Jan 1, 2 at 2 pm

SHOW RUN:

Dec  9, 2022 – Jan 2, 2023

The Director’s Talk is Friday, DEC 16, 2022

The Preview is on Thursday, DEC 8, 2022 – it is the final dress rehearsal.

  • Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes (includes the 15 minute intermission)
  • Due to COVID -19 protocols we regret that guests will NOT be invited up on stage after any performance for a CAST signing, selfies or autographs.
LOCATION:

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

TICKET PRICING:

Tickets from $30 for adults or  $25 for children under 16.
Preview performance $25.  *GST and fees are additional

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

BOX OFFICE WINDOWS HOURS:

Thurs – Sat 1:30pm – 4:30pm show weeks and one 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, or ‘All Evening Parking’ at the Liquor Store Lot just up the street from Metro Theatre.

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.

  About Pantomimes

Pantomimes date all the way back to ancient Rome.  They are actually not a British invention as is commonly indicated.  Pantomime comes from the Greek word pantomimos which meant a dancer who acted all the roles in the story:  panto meaning all and minos meaning imitator.

Pantomimes or Pantos as they are referred too, tell the story of good versus evil in which hope triumphs over adversity, after danger.  There are elements of comedic moments, double entendres, often great physicality, roles of gender reversal, dances and musical parodies all performed by characters derived from fairy tale plots.  Costumes and sets are bright and colourful  providing a stunning visual for the audience.

Pantos rely heavily on audience participation. The audience is complicit in finding, chasing and dealing with an evil baddie (villain) and a good heroine (fairy). Traditions include:

  • Booing the baddie
  • Cheering the heroine
  • Oh No It Isn’t/Oh Yes It Is – debating plot points
  • He/She’s Behind You – when characters  who have gone missing appear

The audience can shout out at any point during the production, and often do when the actors least   expect it,  resulting in a different show every performance.

Plan to take in the joy and mayhem of this family tradition this holiday season.