We have a unique opportunity to help raise money for the McFarland Food Pantry, Stoughton Food Pantry and the Stoughton Personal Essentials Pantry -- as well as Preview two performances for Mercury Players Theater!
Gadzooks! Cinderella! (It Ain't Shakespeare) will perform at the SVP theater on December 4th and 5th during the Victorian Holiday Weekend and then move to the Bartell Theater the following 2 weekends.
We would love to see some of our Stoughton and McFarland friends audition for the show to help us build the local interest for the previews in Stoughton. Click on the link for more information about the show and the upcoming auditions!
Is intended to be an alternative – almost an antidote – to traditional year-end holiday shows. The genre of “panto” or “British pantomime” is a form of entertainment traditionally performed around Christmas and New Year’s in England.
The basic plot of a “panto” is always absurdly simple, usually a fairy tale like Cinderella or Little Red Riding Hood to entertain the children, while other parts are designed to entertain the adults, including topical political and local jokes, and farce such as pies in the face. Cross-dressing is essential, with at least one major female character played by a man in drag -- in “Gadzooks” this will be the two stepsisters, and possibly the stepmother – and occasionally a major male character played by a woman in pants – in “Gadzooks” possibly the Prince. It includes music and well-known songs, and the audience is encouraged to sing along as well as to cheer, to boo, and to shout out help to the onstage actors.
“Gadzooks” pretends to be a production by the Royal Shakespeare Players who reluctantly stoop to doing a panto to make money, and the actors occasionally lapse into well-known lines from Shakespeare, only to be reminded by the rest of the company that “This Ain’t Shakespeare”.
GADZOOKS! CINDERELLA! (It Ain’t Shakespeare!)
An original, British-style holiday “PANTO” by Nick Schweitzer
Directed by Stephen F. Murray
A panto is a British holiday theatre tradition that pre-dates Shakespeare, is performed more often than Shakespeare, and frankly, is way funnier than Shakespeare! It employs a simple, recognizable plot to entertain the children, and other parts – topical political and local jokes, farce and even slapstick – to amuse the adults. Cross-dressing is essential, with at least one major female character played by a man. It includes well-known songs, and the audience is encouraged to sing along! In Gadzooks! Cinderella! the Royal Shakespeare Players have been reduced to performing a British holiday panto in order to make money. As they present the traditional stock panto characters in all their broad and oft-bawdy humor, they frequently try to slip in some of the Bard’s most familiar lines and soliloquies – only to be reminded by the rest of the company: “this ain’t Shakespeare!” Cheering for the heroes and booing for the baddies is strongly encouraged in this family-friendly theatrical treat, which Mercury offers as a charming alternative to traditional American holiday fare.
**Stoughton tickets will be $10 for each performance for people of all ages.
Bartell Theater Performance dates & times:
Friday, December 11, 2015 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 12, 2015 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 13, 2015 @ 4pm – SPECIAL $15 TICKET PRICE (Kids under 12 still only $10)
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 7:30pm – SPECIAL $15 TICKET PRICE (Kids under 12 still only $10)
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 7:30pm
Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 4pm