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Fun in fairyland


Heralding the Christmas spirit ... — Pic by R.Ragu.

THAT WAS a whole week of Pantomime from The Little Theatre at the Museum Theatre!. The show was titled "The Elves and the Shoemaker" and the over-riding motif was family of all kinds in Sicily. Duke Shifty Eyes, the Don and his sidekicks made up the evil family of the underworld. Luigi the shoemaker, his wife Mama Mia and son Carlos comprised the good. Fairy Princess Sabrina, holidaying at the Duke's with chaperon Dame Twinkletoes, falls in love with Carlos. Twinkletoes undergoes a deep emotional arousal with the Duke's chef, Munchmore. Luigi with a little R & D and entrepreneurial support from the elves moves from rags to riches.

After the intermission there is the customary shift, this time built around cine icon Revathy, who lands up in Sicily in search of Director Luigi to collaborate in a movie venture. Sicily and Chennai meet. The final round is a thrilling long drawn out, brilliantly choreographed, Kabadi game. Good triumphs, Duke Shifty Eyes converts to Buddhism, and there is a spirit of Christmas all around.

It was an evening of fun and enjoyment. The music (Prem Joseph, Divakar Subramaniam and Sudhin Prabhakar) was fabulous, contemporary and back-up vocals were as usual a pleasure, by Sunitha Chowdhry and her fellow singers.

No Pantomime is complete without some brilliant input from Mithran Devanesan. He had designed a platform running all the way across upstage with a voluptuously spiralling staircase coming down dead centre. Even as everyone mourned Megan Utley's departure, Ayesha Rau dipped into her bag of resources and had Rehane coming up with the adult's costumes and the final year students of the National Institute of Fashion Technology coming up with the rest of the costumes. They did a good job.There was also some very good dancing from Aparna Gopinath (Carlos) and Manoj Nair (Dame T.) Equally good was Manoj Nair. Rashmi Devadasan (Mama Mia) also put in good acting that helped the show along. Revathy's participation created a whole new dimension to the evening. Her dancing and body language were delightful. Director Yog Japee said it was a different kind of a challenge this year. The audience will long remember the brilliance of the great fight and his very clever use of the``freeze, unfreeze''game.

ELIZABETH ROY

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