Panto-esque

Somehow, without consulting each other, Team Gotts coordinated its colours today

Somehow, without consulting each other, the members of Team Gotts coordinated their colours today

We didn’t think it would ever happen, but today, in America, we saw an almost-pantomime. It’s a first. America doesn’t do pantomime.

Every year, a play is performed in the open-air theatre on the top of Mount Tamalpais, the mountain that overlooks our town. In the past we’ve seen Hairspray and South Pacific, neither of which lent themselves to the panto genre. But this year, the play was Peter Pan.

Boo! to Captain Hook

Boo! to Captain Hook

There was a proper, evil baddie, who provoked spontaneous cries of “Boo!” from the audience. The main male lead was played by a woman. And there was audience participation, when Peter told us that Tinkerbell would die unless we declared our belief in fairies. (Oh, how we shouted her back to life.) The only panto features missing were the dame in drag, and the helpful advice from the crowd (“He’s behind you”).

Flying over Mt Tam

Flying over Mt Tam

Next year the show will be West Side Story, and the panto element will disappear again. I don’t suppose it’s likely that Maria will sing “I’m so pretty”, and the audience will shout out in unison, “Oh no you’re not.” We’ll just have to wait until Christmas for the full British panto experience.

The open-air theater, overlooking Mill Valley, usually.  Today it was a bank of fog.

The open-air theater, overlooking Mill Valley. Usually. Today it was a bank of fog.

Pano-jumping on the way back down the mountain

Pano-jumping on the way back down the mountain

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About Natalie Gotts

I've been a management consultant, a nutritional therapist, a Journey practitioner and a mother. I've sold ostriches in China and personal safety devices in Hong Kong. Whatever I've done, and wherever I've been, I've written about it.
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