Event: 'The Little Mermaid - A Panto Under The Sea'
Main Dates: 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 December 2019 & 2, 3, 4 January 2020
Matinee Dates: 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 December 2019 & 2, 3, 4, 5 January 2020
Time: 20:00 (main), 15:00 (matinee)
Place: Teatru Manoel, Valletta
The Teatru Manoel in Valletta is set to become an underwater world during this festive period with The Little Mermaid panto. One could of course expect this panto to be filled with wit and humour fit for both adults and children with popular characters from the story, including Ariel, King Triton and their fish friend, Doreen.
While contemporary jokes are woven into the script, panto is a style of theatre with characteristic, traditional elements that the audience expects. “I’m very traditional when it comes to pantomime,” explains director Chris Gatt. “I like the way the various elements are stirred into this Christmas pudding of entertainment.”
Together with the well-known story, audiences will spot some familiar faces too. Leading the stellar cast is renowned local performer Edward Mercieca, who steps into the heels of the Dame and also produces the show. “Panto is a unique genre where the actor breaks the fourth wall continuously,” he smiles. “I think I’ve played all the roles except Fairy in my panto career! I find, however, that the Dame suits my personality.”
Among a chorus of sea creatures, zombie pirates and fast-footed sailors, the cast includes Edward Mercieca as the Dame, Katherine Brown as Ursoola Minnofs, Nikki Cassar as Ariel, Tezara Saliba as Prince Rubinu, Karen Decelis as Fairy Lou Ellen, and Joe Depasquale as King Triton. The panto also features the work of musical director Kris Spiteri, choreographer Luisa Fenech Conti and vocal coach Analise Cassar.