by Matt Murray (Ross Petty Productions). Family-friendly holiday musical set in Sherway Gardens Forest featuring pop tunes, ad libs and audience participation. Previews from Nov 29, opens Dec 6 and runs to Jan 4, see website for schedule. $27-$99.
This is the best Ross Petty panto since Petty retired from performing. Sara-Jeanne Hosie is back this year as the villain, this time the Sheriffe of Naughtyham, who imprisons teachers and impounds books. Though full of fun the show pointedly attacks provincial cuts in education. Robert Markus (of Dear Evan Hansen) plays an ordinary high-schooler whisked back in time who must save the day. Along the way he and his talented cast mates sing rousing versions of popular hits. The magical forest-like Winter Garden strikes children with wonder and is the perfect venue for the show.
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Location - Winter Garden Theatre