THE time-honoured British tradition of the Christmas pantomime is alive and well in Joondalup.
Every year for the past eight years, Globalheart Church along Winton Road re-imagines one popular fairy tale and gives it the unmistakeable pantomime treatment of slapstick horseplay, extravagant costumes, song, dance and of course, the much-loved audience participation of shrieking out: “He’s behind you!”
This year the 150-strong cast and crew gets its hooks into Peter Pan.
Called Peter Pan in a Pickle, it will be performed at the church on Saturday, December 16.
There will be three shows – at 11am, 3pm and 7pm.
The brainchild of co-senior pastor Sue Keehan, who grew up in England going to Christmas pantomimes and performing in some as well, this annual effort, she said, was Globalheart’s “Christmas family treat for the community”.
As they have been every year, most of the tickets for the 11am show will be set aside for community groups, though there will be a portion for the general public to buy.
Recipients of the free tickets this year include the homes for the elderly, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and foster carers.
Tickets are $9.
“We try to keep tickets as affordable as possible,” said Sue, who is one of the main scriptwriters.
“Christmas can get very costly very quickly and we wanted to be able to offer something full of the warmth of the season to the community that didn’t cost families an arm and a leg.”
One way the church has been able to keep costs down is to make all the sets and costumes themselves.
Volunteers sew, drill, hammer and paint almost everything they need.
The extended community gets involved too.
This year Alkimos Baptist College, Kingsway Christian College and Lake Joondalup Baptist College will have a hand in making props, costumes and choreography.
The show is so popular that members of the public call months beforehand to ask about dates and tickets.
There are about 2000 available (700 per performance) and if previous years’ attendance is anything to go by, they will be snapped up faster than well, faster than you can shout, “he’s behind you!”
What: Peter Pan in a Pickle
Where: Globalheart Church, Winton Road, Joondalup
When: December 16, 11am, 3pm, 7pm
Tickets: $9. Call 9301 0733