Panto Know How

One Lord a Leaping!

2020 is the year of the audience! We are writing and choreographing and preparing a panto workshop for you, good people of Clallam. As this tradition warms up, we are bringing in more elements of traditional panto to mash up with our sharp American flare for the original. With that in mind, here’s an educational moment. Read it. I mean, it’s not like y’all don’t have time on your hands!

Panto… a Retrospective

Panto began in blah blah blah, Google it. Seriously. There’s a lot of information on this magnificent show style, with traditions dating back to Willie the Shakes(peare). It’s a lot of typing, and WE’RE WORKING HERE! Go and have a looksee. Spread out and do some research.

Find us at a performance and impress us with you’re new knowledge of commedia dell’arte.

Don’t actually do that.

Shout outs – who/what/when/where/why/how

  • Cheering/booing/hissing – In panto, there are ‘goodies’, and ‘baddies’. Cheer the heroes when they do something good. Boo and hiss the baddies when they do bad things. (These reactions were common in Shakespearean theatre and are now an expected part of British pantos.
  • ˜Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is!’ – a routine chant used when an actor says either ‘oh no it isn’t’ or ‘oh yes it is’ and the audience is encouraged to shout the opposite. The chant is normally repeated three times, lead by the actor.
  • ‘It’s right behind you!’ – when an actor is looking for something, or a villain is creeping up on a hero, and the audience can clearly see whatever it is behind them. A crowd favorite, every time.
  • **Feel free to send us a short video of yourself practicing these shout outs. Say, to a cantaloupe. or your cat. There might be a free T-shirt in it for you… email:
  • You might also be highlighted on this very website! You know, if you’re good with that.

We’ll have other moments of interaction with the audience. Show up ready for anything. We’ll keep surprising you, in the good way!

2020… wow.

Hello, panto lovers! Our current panto is rolling along. The writing is going well, especially as Shannon, our resident playwright, has all the time in the world to finish it! It’s an upside, and she’ll take ’em as they show themselves. When not rewriting a Lizzo song for our fabulous Dame, she’s getting her book finished. Like it’s her day job. Because right now, it is.

Naomi is color coding her wine by times of day she’s allowing herself a glass. Noon is a lovely pino gris! She’s furiously choreographing all the things that have been rescheduled for…? Active life will continue after this deep and (hopefully) creative pause.

We wish you all peace and health during this enforced break. We know one thing, in the British style:

Loo roll will not save you. Relying on your network will. Staying calm in the face of uncertainty will. Learning how to churn whipping cream out of dried lentils will not, but it will make you impressive. Make something. Bake something. Go for long walks in the fresh air. Hang on and stay with us. We’ll meet on the other side.

For now, we’ll continue to prepare our next production: Goldilocks and the Ultimate Rampage, for you. And we’ll encourage you to audition for it. Or come out and enjoy it. We’re making it for you.

Our love letter to our home. See you all when it’s safe.

Nemesis (Naomi & Shannon)