Sunday, December 8th 2:00 pm
The Arcata Playhouse original holiday “Panto” is back for a fourth year. This year we have truly mixed up and maxed out the holiday tradition by taking the over-the-top monster-movie format and crossing it with some gender-bending Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys sleuths. Added to the determination of the Whichever Scouts are a beloved dog sidekick (James Peck), and two comedic squirrels (Halla Kramer and Vela Citrine). With different guest performers folded into the show every night, this madcap extravaganza has something in it for the whole family.
This creative endeavor begins several months before the holidays with a team of writers coming together to improvise and write (and improvise and write). Actors work, mold, compromise and edit to build the decorative, tinsel, star-topped tree holiday show for the Arcata Playhouse.
The writing team and cast is a veritable Santa’s sack of talent from across Humboldt, including music written by Jeff Kelly and Tim Randles (who also leads the live band) with additional harmonies from the Blue Lake Community Choir, under the direction of Jackie Dandeneau.