Puss In Boots The Panto!
About the Play
The Tale of Puss In Boots was originally told by Charles Perrault as Le Chat Botte in his Histories ou contes du temps passé, published in 1697. The English translation is from 1729 by Robert Samber in Histories, or Tales of Past Times. Perrault based his story on an Italian folk tale published as The Delightful Nights by Gianfrancesco Straparola (1480-1557). This was published in 1534.
It is a “rags to riches” tale, very much like Cinderella. The riches are gained through the trickery of Puss the cat. The hero of the story, Jack, receives all his wealth and his Princess bride as a result of a “Cat Scam!” His only saving grace morally is that he is very poor, and follows the cat’s instructions to the letter, often oblivious to the consequences. Charles Perrault did not create the cat however. The origin of the trickster dates from further back, and would appear to be Italian in origin. However, in all these earlier versions the cat is bootless. Similar tales can be found around the world – in these versions the cat is sometimes a fox, a monkey or a jackal.
In this Panto version of the tale, the ‘Orrible Ogre Olaf has stolen the good fairy’s wand, and now seeks to take over the peaceful lands of Stoneybrook! Trouble soon comes to the old mill where young Jack and his older brothers Hickory and Dickory eke out a living, and the village baker, Patty Cake spins their sad tale… Enter fairy godmother who sets things in motion by giving Jack’s clever cat, Puss, the power of speech just before she too is captured by Olaf! It is now up to Puss, who dons a snazzy pair of boots, to save the day!
Expect the unexpected in this uproariously funny take on the classic tale!
- Production Info
|Dame Washalot||Vance Schneider|
|Fairy Poppins||Ruth Roe|
|Patty Cake||Tom Fox|
|Dipsey the Donkey||Torrey Owen & Susan Barley|
|Puss in Boots||Abby Wale|
|Olaf the ‘Orrible Orge||Jennilee Fraser|
|King Stoneybrook||Vaughn Butland|
|Princess Bethany||Claire Irvine|
|Royal Guard 1||Liz Ekering|
|Royal Guard 2||Greg Dueck|
|Circus Performers||Jessica Buchanan, Torrey Owen, Nigel Beardwood, Jennelle Young, Vance Schneider|
|Special Guests||We can’t tell you who they are, or it wouldn’t be a surprise!!|
|Goblins||Sadie Druskee-McRae, Aislynn Ernst, Daisy Heinonen, Taylor Hennessey, Lori-Anne Proznick, Austin Roath, Connor Seeley.|
|Villagers, Courtiers, Zombies and Ghosts||Zizou Abdoh, Jacquie Bonnett, Dakota Cunningham, Elise Doucet,
Sadie Druskee-McRae, Aislynn Ernst, Sydney Fox, Millie Fryalt,
Daisy Heinonen, Pierce Hennessey, Taylor Hennessey, Emily Hinds,
Tasia Linquist, Zoe Martin, Lori-Anne Proznick, Sophia Proznick,
Austin Roath, Kayla Roath, Meg Roe, Connor Seeley, & Abigail Westman.
|Producers||Vance Schneider, Don Levasseur|
|Set Designer||Glynnis Brassil|
|Lighting and Sound Designer||Vance Schneider|
|Head of Wardrobe||Denise Proznick|
|Head of Construction||Nigel Beardwood|
|Master Carpenter||John A. Neill|
|Dance Choreographer||Jasmin McDaniels|
|Fight Choreographer||Vance Schneider|
|Stage Manager||Michelle Wong|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Sarah Grey|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Andrew Ison|
|Costumes / Dressers||Denise Proznick, Sheri Cadorette, Jackie Ellis|
|Hair / Makeup||Edith Kmet, Denise Anderson|
|Set Construction||Nigel Beardwood, Jennilee Fraser, John Neill, Don Levasseur, Pat Barringer|
|Set Painting||Jennilee Fraser, Greg Dueck, Vaughn Butland, John Neill and the Cast.|
|Properties||Vance Schneider, Jessica Buchanan|
|Drums and Percussion||Stu Wightman|
|Technical Director (Sagebrush)||Brian Britton|
|Lighting / Sound Operator (Sagebrush)||Brian Britton|
|Running Crew||Pat Barringer, Jessica Buchanan, Crystal Ernst,
Lorraine Korobanik, Mary Ouelette, Tim & Susan Roath,
Lori Seeley Sam Johnson, Storm Moody, & the Cast!
|Publicity||Wenda Noonan, Vance Schneider, Lorraine Korobanik|
|Poster and Graphics||Wenda Noonan|
|Photography/Videography||John A. Neill|
|Original Performance Dates||December 24-31, 2012|
|Venue||Sagebrush Theatre, Kamloops, BC|
|Production Length||1 hour and 50 minutes|
|Production Style||Traditional British Panto|
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Echo Newspapers, Facepainting by Denise, Tranquille Farm Fresh,
Surplus Herby’s, Bulk Barn, Windsor Plywood, Domino’s Pizza,
Kamloops Office Systems, The Prodcution Habit, Inkamloops.ca Video Magazine.
|Special Thanks To||Kamloops Live Box Office, Shaw TV, CFJC Midday,
CBC Daybreak Kamloops, Country 103,
TRU Actor’s Workshop Theatre, Pat Barringer,
Russ Gervais, John A Neill Photography