The soul of Christmas cannot ever be overcome, and just like panto, Santa will always treasure a way to make an arrival!
That is undoubted the circumstance at Exeter Corn Exchange, where arrangements are being completed for this time’s farce, The Wizard of Oz!
In real cinema ritual, the show obligately go on and with the Coronavirus pandemic, organizers have been employed hard to ensure this year’s manufacture allows harmless family fun, with additional defenses put in place.
These comprise socially dissociated seating, extra housework and a smaller running time without a pause.
Lead Councillor for Communities and Culture, Cllr Amal Ghusain said:
“We are delighted to be planning for the return of the Corn Exchange pantomime. It has obviously been a difficult year for everyone in the city and elsewhere so some light relief is very much welcomed. What better way to provide this than by that most festive of traditions the pantomime.
“We know that Kickline will present a top quality production again and the Corn Exchange is the ideal venue to ensure that the audience is safely socially distanced. The Wizard of Oz is a Christmas classic so to see it presented as a pantomime is very exciting and it will provide a much needed injection of fun into our lives this Christmas.”
On the previous year Snow White was the corporation’s most prevalent show ever, grossing glowing reviews and even being chosen for the Exeter Living Award!
Director Ian clarifies, “In recent years, some older panto titles like ‘Robinson Crusoe’ have fallen out of popularity. Nobody wants to see ‘Cinderella’ every single year, so we are delighted that ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is becoming a new panto favourite! Let’s face it, when you think of Oz, you think of classic Christmas TV, so it’s the perfect story to be given that special panto make-over!”
Imagine plenty of madcap melodizing, hissing, cheering and jeering, magical sets, spectacular costumes and Exeter’s beloved dame, Daniel Page, will after more take to the air in a mirthful flying system!
All in all, spectators look set to be able to relish a treasured Christmas ritual with sureness! Families can imagine taking home a mound of great cheerful memories!
The Wizard of Oz runs at Exeter Corn Exchange from 19 December until 3 January. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01392 665938 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Exeter Panto website