A local Brit who organizes the British National Theater of America (BNTA) has invited the Las Vegas community to share in the panto tradition with a production of Snow White. So what is panto? It is a style of British musical comedy theater in which traditional children's stories are turned on their heads with music hall, modern references and audience participation to create a fun atmosphere for the whole family. Panto has strong influence from Commedia dell’arte often performed around Christmas and it originated in the UK sometime in the late 18th Century.
BNTA's current show is not the typical Snow White... The fair lass finds herself stuck in Las Vegas, stage manager to her evil & famous step-mother, Posh Nosh. Jealous of her stepdaughter's beauty & talent, the Posh Nosh hires a mafia hit man to rid herself of fair Snow White. The hit man, unable to bring himself to do the deed, leaves Snow White in the 14 jazz hands of 7 dwarfs. However, it is only a matter of time until the evil Posh Nosh finds out that Snow White lives. Determined to do the job properly herself, Posh Nosh poisons Snow White so that she may claim that she is the “Fairest of them All” once again....This Las Vegas reworking of the traditional story continues BNTA's goal of making British Panto a Las Vegas tradition. Snow White runs November 17, 18, 24 and 25th at 7p. Support local Brits in the community by attending - tickets are from $10-15 and can be purchased on the BNTA site.
Do your kids have the acting bug? BNTA also offers a 16 week session for 9-12 year olds to learn theater, dance and acrobatics while working with local professionals, culminating in participation in an upcoming production. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
British National Theatre of America (BNTA) was formed in April 2008 by Rob Winch, Rich Perkin and Jo Cattell who met whilst working together on Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatle’s LOVE. It is a non profit theatre company based in Las Vegas that exists to engage, entertain and inspire the community through traditional and contemporary theatre from diverse international origins.
Won't make it to the show this time? Visit Robinsons Put on a Panto (http://bit.ly/PutOnAPanto) and let the kids do their own panto for you! Thanks to Carrots in Mum's Hair for the site!