The Algarveans Experimental Theatre Group will be staging an updated but traditional version of Robinson Crusoe as their annual pantomime at Lagos Cultural Centre on February 21, 22 and 23.
Rehearsals, well underway before the Christmas break, have restarted, and director Trevor Herrington is advancing with some new and innovative ideas.
He said: “Pantomime, like all shows, needs careful planning and preparation, so the list of things to do and people who take on the behind-the-scene roles is considerable.
“Part of the fun of being in a theatre group is being able to multi-task and we have plenty of multi-taskers on this show including my poor assistant director.”
Trevor, himself a gifted singer and a member of the adult Lagos choir Grupo Coral de Lagos, has brought in some additional talent to make this year’s show even more of an event.
“Pantomime is for children, although grown ups enjoy it just as much, so I decided to invite the Lagos Youth Choir to join us and they were happy to be involved,” he said.
“There will be lots of singing as well as dancing by the chorus; so with voices in such numbers the audience can feel free to join in and participate even more in the action.”
In addition, one of the cast members is a gymnast and has persuaded some club members of Grupo Desportivo e Cultural do Enxerim (GDCE), Silves, to participate and “you will be amazed by their agility”.
“Performing troupes were the entertainment in the 18th and 19th centuries so fit in with our show perfectly,” concluded Trevor.
Tickets will be on sale soon so watch this space.