By Wendy Elliott
This year's Fezziwig musical is Jeremy Webb's unique vision of Peter Pan.
After last year's popular Snow White and the Seven Dudes, Wolfville audiences can expect song, dance, laughter and general mayhem - not to mention crocodiles.
Speaking from his home in Halifax, Webb said he invites theatre-goers of all ages to get reacquainted with the “Darling family, Peter and his totally lost 'boys', Hook and his scurvy crew - and you won't forget Tinkerbell.”
The 18th annual Fezziwig production of a brand new pantomime, Get Hooked, runs from Dec. 6-8 at Festival Theatre. The popular annual musical theatre production spoofs the children’s classic.
Kentville teen Spencer Laing, who was first in the cast at age five, will be the youthful Peter Pan. Caroline Burton is Wendy Darling. Alan Slipp is the evil Captain Hook, while Mike Butler will be Tinkerbell dressed in tulle.
Approximately 40 local children and community members are taking part. Alain LeBlanc is music director, while Katelyn Schofield is choreographer.
Webb is all about Christmas spirit these days. He not only writes in the panto style of his youth, but he will soon be bringing his one-man version of A Christmas Carol back to the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville on Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.
This popular seasonal story has been touring schools and theatrical venues since 2003. Last year, he performed with Symphony Nova Scotia to bring Dickens' tale to life. In 2011, Webb released a two-disc CD of A Christmas Carol, featuring Symphony Nova Scotia musicians and over 30 characters that he created. It is on sale now.
That’s not all he’s up to, either. Webb's new play 'Fishing' is a comedy about the perils of Internet dating. It debuted in May and ran recently at Neptune Theatre.
Webb is an accomplished performer and won a Best Actor Merritt Award for his portrayal of Iago in Othello, for Shakespeare By the Sea. He captured the 2010 Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre and The Coast Best Theatre Actor Award three times. He trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England.
Tickets for both productions are available at the Box of Delights’ Ticketpro outlet in Wolfville. For information call 542-9511.
What is pantomime?
Panto story lines and scripts typically make no reference to Christmas. Most pantos are based on traditional children's stories. For example, Cinderella, the most popular of all pantomimes was first shown in 1870 in Covent Garden, London. The genre has a number of conventions, including audience participation and slapstick comedy.
All the details
What: Get Hooked
When: Dec. 6 to 8, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8, 2 p.m.
Where: Festival Theatre, Acadia University, Wolfville
Tickets: Box of Delights Bookstore, Wolfville