Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:32

Captain Hook seeks revenge in MH Musical Theatre’s annual pantomime

Written by  Chris Brown, Southern Alberta Newspapers
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George Best, Rhys Parks and the cast of Captain Hook's Revenge rehearse at the Medicine Hat Musical Theatre Playhouse earlier this week. George Best, Rhys Parks and the cast of Captain Hook's Revenge rehearse at the Medicine Hat Musical Theatre Playhouse earlier this week. Southern Alberta Newspapers photo by Emma Bennett

Medicine Hat Musical Theatre’s annual Christmas season pantomime is sure to delight everyone’s inner child this year.


Based on “Peter Pan,” the classic tale of the boy who never grew up, “Captain Hook’s Revenge” tells the story of Hook’s attempts to finally thwart Peter Pan from the point of view of the dastardly pirate. Hook has his pirate followers and a poisoned cake, Peter has punk fairy Tonkerbell, the Indians and the crocodile.
It’s safe to say this is a take on the story you’ve never seen before.
Pantomimes have a long tradition in England and have been performed in Medicine Hat for the past few years.
“It’s a lot of improv and seat-of-the-pants,” said production manager Cris Foshaug. “It’s very tongue-in-cheek and very humorous.”
It being improv, there is a basic script the show works from, but it’s tweaked with references to local things and local people. That means no two shows will be the same.
Audience participation is also a big part of the show, with the audience encouraged to cheer on certain characters and root against others.
“The idea of a pantomime is the cast and the characters know you’re there and you know the cast and characters are there. You’re part of the show,” Foshaug said.
Some lucky kids will be so much a part of the show that one will be brought from the audience to the stage to help out some of the cast members.
It’s a large cast taking on “Captain Hook’s Revenge” and mixture of veterans and rookies also makes up the crew.
“There are some people who haven’t been on stage in 20 years and some regulars that are always on stage,” said Foshaug, adding the lead character of Hook is being played by a local doctor who hasn’t been on stage since high school.
“Captain Hook’s Revenge” runs Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 2-5 with a 7:30 curtain each night and on Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. All shows are at the Medicine Hat Musical Theatre Playhouse.
Tickets, already more than 50 per cent sold, are $20 for adults and $10 for children plus GST and are available at http://www.mhmtheatre.com or by calling 403-502-3477.

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