The York Theatre, Vancouver’s newest live theatre venue, opens with the family-friendly Jack & the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto.
For the uninitiated, a panto (pantomime) is a form of musical comedy designed for families with its origins in the United Kingdom. Mostly performed during the Christmas season a panto takes familiar fairy tales and injects music, contemporary references, and audience participation to create a boisterous entertainment for the entire family.
With words by Charles Demers and music by Vide Hill, Jack & the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto is steeped in that panto tradition with bad guys, good guys, and lots and lots of hissing and cheering. The Cultch recommends Jack & the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto for ages 5 and up.
Culture Vulture David C Jones caught up with writer Charles Demers to talk about the show.