Last week I had the great pleasure of viewing my very first pantomime at The Arts Centre on the Gold Coast.
Bonnies Lythgoe's production, The Adventures of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell in the Return to Pantoland, is everything a Panto should be and more. Bonnie's talent pool runs deep. She is a former dancer but also a producer, director and a choreographer. She oozes talent and the Gold Coast has just got a huge taste of it.
Just in time for the school holidays this family show is a rare and joyful treat. The biggest difference between a panto and musical theatre is the audience participation. You are encouraged to cheer as much as you are encouraged to boo! Captain Hook got a lot of boos from the audience and he absolutely loved it.
The sets and lighting and costumes where fantastic. The cast were mainly hits. None other than The Boy from Oz himself, Todd McKenney, superbly plays Captain Hook.
Tim Maddren who plays Peter Pan was my favourite. There was no one on that stage (besides three screaming girls) who had more fun that night. It was obvious and contagious. Oh, and boy can Peter Pan sing!
Smee, played by Mark Jones, was completely loveable and really had the crowd going. Other stand outs for me were the pirates and the lost boys.
Take the kids and enjoy a night of fairy tale entertainment. It's a great take of the old tale and fun for all the family.
Todd Kenney - 'Captain Hook' and 'Mr Darling' Tim Maddren - 'Peter Pan';
Jaime Hadwen - 'Tinker Bell'
Katrina Retallick - 'Mrs Darling' and 'Mimi the Magic Mermaid; ROBYN LOAU - 'Tiger Lilly'
Mark Jones - 'Smee'