Next from Aris: Irish Fest 2023!
Arís returns to Irish Fest Atlanta with a sneak peek of our shadow: CINDERELLA, the panto! Learn about this fascinating and traditional theatre form, but beware..."He's right behind you!!"
Coming This Winter: Atlanta's First Panto!
Arís has championed bringing celtic works to the Atlanta stage for ten wonderful years. This year, we offer a Christmas tradition from across the pond that is sure to have you grinning, tapping toes, and shouting, "HE'S RIGHT BEHIND YOU!". That's right, prepare yourself for a Christmas Panto, the first of it's kind , as far as we can tell, in Atlanta theatre history.
Karl Harpur's hilarious script starts with a story most of us are familiar with: the girl in the cinders neglected by her family who, one fateful evening, loses a shoe but gains a prince (with the help of her fairy godmother!) What we may not be familiar with is a Christmas Panto. Celebrated all over the British Isles and Ireland, the Christmas Panto follows a series of traditions that include:
- * A well known fairy-tale (in our case, Cinderella)
- * A "Dame" or even two (actors in drag)
- * Audience participation ("He's right behind you!")
- * Song and dance (yes, this is a musical!)
- * Very local flair (this will feel like an Atlanta story)
You don't want to miss this Atlanta premiere, which we think might become a tradition all it's own.
CINDERELLA: A Christmas Panto runs December 15-23 at The Academy Theatre in Hapeville. Tickets available soon.