We all know the magical tales of Cinderella, Aladdin and Jack and the
Beanstalk and that good always triumphs over evil, but what exactly goes
on behind the scenes? Just who is behind the magic of Pantoland and
what do they get up to on an average day?
This year, to mark Panto Day’s second birthday, a new project entitled
‘A Day in the Life of Pantoland’ is being launched. Using Facebook,
companies, theatres and individuals will be invited to post their
Pantoland photos, videos and stories on the Panto Day 2012 Facebook page and provide outsiders with a special glimpse inside the Industry.
As well as theatres, companies and individuals uploading their very own
‘panto sneak peeks’ on Panto Day itself, in the run up to Wednesday 5th
December, the Facebook page will act as a gallery for this season’s
Many of the performers featured in the posters will be taking an active
role on Panto Day. Star of CBeebies’ Justin’s House and seasoned panto
performer Jane Deane is just one of numerous cast members to have signed
up to Panto Day’s Live Tweeting, which will see her tweeting throughout
the day as she rehearses for her role as Jenny the Jester in Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs at the Capitol Theatre, Horsham.
Jane Deane said:
“I think that pantomime is somehow in-grained into the subconscious of
the Great British public; the mere mention of pantomime to a Brit seems
to invoke a deep affection and enthusiasm for the tradition. There is a
fascination with it like no other art form; it brings all ages together
for two glorious hours of magic, laughter and wonder. Panto Day lifts
the lid, just a little, on how the magic is created. The rehearsal
process, the backstage dramas and some of the tricks of the trade! Was
that ad-lib, really an ad-lib? Or do they do that every night? How much
is actually in the script and how much is made up as they go along? Is
there even a script? How does the beanstalk grow? The pumpkin transform
into a carriage? Has a pyro ever set fire to a fairy? Hopefully Panto
Day will reveal (almost) all!”
As well as following Jane’s tweets @JaneDeane, panto passionistas are
invited to follow Panto Day’s official Twitter feed @Panto_Day and Panto
Day’s very own Dame @HettieHashtag. Leading up to Panto Day on Wednesday 5th December,
@Panto_Day will bring followers news of Panto Day’s celebrations
using Panto Day’s official hashtag #panto in conjuction with
celebratepanto.co.uk and www.facebook.com/PantoDay2012.
And for all of those hoping to break into the Industry, Wednesday 5th
December also sees the launch of the ‘Panto Advice Page’ on
celebratepanto.co.uk, where directors, writers and dames galore will be
sharing their panto pearls of wisdom.