# 85 – Nelson Christmas Pantomime Cherished 27 Year Tradition

# 85 – Nelson Christmas Pantomime Cherished 27 Year Tradition

27th Annual Christmas Pantomime at the Capitol Theatre

For nearly three decades, the city of Nelson has celebrated the Christmas season with a traditional pantomime play. This annual fundraiser for the Capitol Theatre Restoration Society takes place in Nelson’s gorgeously traditional live theatre venue, the Capitol. The entire town comes alive during the Christmas season, with wreath and garland bedecked streets and Christmas lights everywhere. The charming downtown theatre casts itself perfectly as the idyllic traditional 1920s era theatre that it is. What better way to usher in the Christmas season than with a traditional pantomime in a charmingly traditional setting?

This Year’s “Bedtimes Rhymes Pantomime”

This year, “Bedtimes Rhymes Pantomime” is an original script written by local Nelson playwright Lisel Forst. The pantomime follows nursery rhyme characters — such as Humpty Dumpty, Old Mother Hubbard and Wee Willie Winkie — as they try to save their village from an unexpected villain.

The Nelson Christmas Pantomime is a family-friendly musical comedy with lots of audience participation. You’ll find yourself swept away in the action, cheering for the hero, booing for the villain and helping all the characters solve the mystery as it unfolds on the stage.

According to Max Thomson, one of the actors in the play, this year the narrators (The Three Blind Mice) will even get you to recite a short poem. You may even have a chance to sing Pharrell William’s “Happy” as you get your hats and coats to prepare to leave as the play ends. As Max said about why he enjoys these pantomimes so much, “It’s a laugh all night play. Instead of being called a sing-along, it should be called a laugh-along!”

The cast is traditionally huge and multi-generational, with lots of local humour. But don’t let the local humour stop you from coming out. This hugely popular show typically brings many visitors from out-of-town who want to experience a unique, old fashioned Christmas tradition. The Capitol Theatre is a well-loved Nelson landmark, and the entire community comes together to put on a show to be proud of: The entire back wall of the theatre, for example, is being painted by Nelson artist Carol Reynolds, and the Capitol costume department is in full swing preparing outfits for the cast. Local actor Jeff Forst is directing the play, with Sydney Black acting as musical director and  MacKenzie Hope as choreographer. In total, 55 local performers came together to make this year’s Christmas Pantomime.

Have an Early Christmas Season Weekend Getaway in Nelson

We’re so close, but a world away. Our infectious Christmas cheer will be sure to get you in the spirit for the upcoming holiday season as you shop our local stores, walk our authentically heritage streets, and, of course, attend our traditional Christmas Pantomime. The shows are on December 4, 5 and 6th at 7:30 pm. with matinees on December 6 and 7 at 2:00 pm. Tickets, in true Nelson fashion, are very reasonably priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students. There is a special family rate of $45 for a family of four.

Buy tickets at the Capitol Theatre or phone 250-352-6363.

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