Sam Silver, as evil Queen Regina, faces off with director and playwright Dann Wilhelm, as Mother Goose, in White Rock Players Club’s Once Upon A Panto: The Legend of Shenanigans, now online at whiterockplayers.ca. Fred Partridge photo

Sam Silver, as evil Queen Regina, faces off with director and playwright Dann Wilhelm, as Mother Goose, in White Rock Players Club’s Once Upon A Panto: The Legend of Shenanigans, now online at whiterockplayers.ca. Fred Partridge photo

White Rock panto makes belated debut

Videoed staged-reading now streaming online

Almost the panto that never was, White Rock Players Club’s Once Upon A Pantomime: The Legend of Shenanigans is finally online.

Although delayed by technical glitches, the panto – videoed before Christmas – made its virtual debut last week.

It’s offered to viewers free of charge – although a suggested $15 donation would be appreciated – on the Players Club’s website, whiterockplayers.ca

An experiment in mid-pandemic theatre strategy, the show was intended to be presented in December as a limited-audience staged reading, but when that became impossible due to provincial regulations issued in November, it became instead a video of a staged reading.

The 12-member cast were filmed largely independently by a small crew, following distancing protocols, and director, author and co-star Dann Wilhelm took on the task of editing the footage into a two-hour-plus semblance of live pantomime – complete with audience-reaction sound effects, and multi-screen numbers backed by musical director Tim Tucker, given a modicum of movement by Danica Domay.

For this origin story of the Players Club’s resident pantomime giraffe Shenanigans, Mother Goose (Wilhelm) is joined by a plethora of past pantomime characters played by Samantha Silver, Jake Hildebrand, Paige Thomsen, Adrian Shaffer, Stefani Delisimunovic, Christopher Hall, Fiorella Artoni , Beth Cantor, Dianna Harvey and Kaden Chad.

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