For those that don’t know … This colloquial French picture phrase means :
” let’s do this thing ! ”
Let’s bring in this 27th PACE Panto – in Style !
French style !
Why not !
We’ve been to :
China – Aladdin
Spain – Jack and the Beanstalk
Russia – Mother Goose
Turn of the Century Dickens London – Beauty and the Beast
And this year …2015, I feel the appetising taste of la Belle France , double- kissing my artistic cheeks !
Let’s go to France ! To find our Panto Land- to find our Christmas way …
Let’s get some French ” Savoir Faire ” about our stage ( the way to do things French style )
Lets be ” tout a fait , MAGNIFIQUE ” (absolutely fabulous darling ! )
I mean let’s face it – last years panto ( And youth and pro cast ) are going to be hard to TOP
” Beast ” was a beaut ! By any panto standard – it all just gelled gloriously : the cast The chorus , the Crew ,The Set , The Costume , the lights … Camera … Action !
Mon Dieu! A hard Act to follow!!!
And follow we must – for in 9 weeks time – we open – not such a long time as it may appear once you factor in actual rehearsal times , holidays , production week etc …
Before we know it – we will be on – red curtain up on Princess Rose!
Oh my Camembert ! That’s a thought …
So ….some brief creative background may help start us off-
I chose France more artistically , as a setting this year – because the original story was envisaged by Monsieur…
…a french scholar and member of the elite
” Academie Francaise ”
– where all the great French writers , philosophers , artists , poets – trained
I suppose I liked the fact that this guy gave life to the whole style of writing we now call :
He , inspired our childhoods ,and being youth performers – it’s nice we show how his tales can inspire a wider audience at the best time of the year for magic ( Christmas ) – don’t you think ?!
Our version of his best loved fairytale is of course – a little different in a way – because we have ” a Paisley Dame , a silly “Billy ” and Dancing Bear to work in ! ”
… but the “Perrault ” essence of it all , is still simply the same –
We have : a wicked fairy character , fairy friends , a beautiful sleeping princess and a loving prince to awaken her with true love’s kiss!
There isn’t much to Sleeping Beauty, as a fairy tale , and maybe that’s why it’s so special to so many – imagine if you could go to sleep and wake up rescued by a loving other , turning bad to good – a hundred years into a magic hourglass
We are the magic ingredient any PACE panto needs , to turn the dramatic hourglass – never underestimate how important your role in this is ! How we yearly spin the simple plot to create that ” special ” feeling ..
Shakespeare says it true :
WE ARE SUCH STUFF AS DREAMS ARE MADE ON …and our little lives are rounded by a sleep !
As we lie at the heart of Rose ‘s life we must make her world a place of comfort and joy to live in – her safe haven – CHEZ NOUS (as they French say)
We are her FOLK
The French are a proud , passionate , powerful and people driven Nation – they are ” of the community ” – the communards of the French Revolution are proof of that – remember in Victor Hugos epic French work Les Miserables ( turned to Les Mises Musical Show ! ) they proudly sing in revolutionary spirit ….
CAN YOU HERE THE PEOPLE SING ?!
Their flag ( le Tricolore ) waving and their motto blazing for all to see..
(its a a moment once theatre seen – never forgotten )
LIBERTE , FRATERNITE , EGALITE!
Freedom , brotherhood , equality !
Wow – great words to remember for any Team Spirit !
Lets take this for our panto Sleeping Beauty 2015 stage
LIBERTE- drama free yourself to better yourself
FRATERNITE – work as a team not for just you – remember you are family
EGALITE – be the same in your passion for being the best , as others around you are – be equally driven – equally powerful – equally present – in all theatre things
and maybe those 4 teams like the Four Musksteers ( another French import ) can tell us a thing or two about team acting in PACE PANTO
– ALL FOR ONE and ONE FOR ALL !!
Here’s hoping you all get some VAVA Voom reading this ( VAVA was my nickname at Drama School – so if the creative cap fits I don’t mind using it )
Like a Renault – the French car manufactures ad campaign – promoting get some ” va va Voom” in your drama styled engine !
…seems this winning formula will quickly drive us to the Top of the Panto Tree again this year !
So ….Belt up mes Amis – it’s going to be a bit of a bumpy ride but if we remember our Gallic nature – our power , our passion , our Perrault fairytale purpose we will end up ” Happily Ever After ”
– and only one obvious catchphrase left to say
join with me and altogether …
” Allons – Y ! ”