7 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Reps Theatre Showcases the Evergreen Peter Pan

THE popular children's story Peter Pan is featured as this year's pantomime at Harare's Reps Theatre, running until December 22.

Originally written by JM Barrie as a story about a boy who did not want to grow up, the tale has evolved into countless films, television programmes and stage versions, including pantomime.

Panto as it is more commonly known, is a traditional Christmas-time theatrical genre which creates amusing and unlikely stories from well-known fables and stories, usually with audience participation through singing, talking back and even on-stage appearances.

Reps has staged its own panto each year for more than a decade and this year's show is again directed by Graham Crutchley, who had success last year with Robinson Crusoe and other pantomimes.

Stars of the show include Tim Harrap, Amy Bolt, Marc Thomas, Munyaradzi Gurumatunhu and many others, with musical direction from Meg Mackenzie.

The show has been sponsored by Spar Zimbabwe, which hopes to create fundraising and awareness for one of its selected social responsibility areas, Childline, with this involvement.

Performances are held at 6.30pm each evening between Wednesday and Saturday and on Saturday afternoons at 2.30pm.

"Panto is a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit and is ideal entertainment for families. We believe Peter Pan is a great story that will be enjoyed by people who know it and also by those who may be discovering it for the first time," said Crutchley.

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