THE OAKVILLE PANTOMIME
Oakville's Newest Tradition!
For the past two years, the Burl Oak Theatre Group has entertained sold-out crowds of all ages with a twist on a traditional Pantomime. Celebrating classic fairy tales like Cinderella and Peter Pan, Burl-Oak Theatre Group is preparing for its third year mounting a Holiday show at the Oakville Center for the Performing Arts. Come and be part of the audiences as they laugh, cheer, boo,sing-a-long and even dance! This year's show should not be missed!
Pantomime (informally known as a panto), is a type of musical comedy stage production, designed for family entertainment. It was developed in England and is generally performed during the Christmas and New Year season. Modern pantomime includes songs, slapstick comedy and dancing, employs gender-crossing actors, and combines topical humour with a story loosely based on a well-known fairy tale. It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience can sing along with certain parts of the music and boo and cheer!
BURL-OAK THEATRE GROUP
The Burl-Oak Theatre Group was established in 1976 with a small but enthusiastic nucleus of people who valued the arts in general and putting on plays in particular. They wanted an outlet for their dramatic and organizational talents and to give back to the community by providing enjoyable entertainment with a local flavour.
Burl-Oak’s first presentation was a workshop production of four one-act plays performed at Sheridan College in Oakville, followed by Plaza Suite at the same venue. We then moved over to Nelson High School in Burlington to perform Barefoot in the Park.
In 1977, after a week of official ceremonies, the group opened the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts with The Odd Couple. Even at that early stage, Burl-Oak was developing a reputation for comedy. For a change of pace we presented Murder in Company at Hopedale Church.
From that time onward, all of our productions have been mounted at the Oakville Centre.