Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Neptune Theatre closes Act One with a holiday duo

Dickens' A Christmas Carol returns to the Scotiabank Stage while Alice in Pantoland takes up residency at Fountain Hall as Halifax's Neptune Theatre presents two holiday shows this season.

Halifax’s Neptune Theatre is getting into the spirit with both a holiday musical and a holiday classic as it closes out Act One of its 2021-2022 season.

First up is Neptune’s popular holiday show, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Adapted for the stage and directed by Neptune Theatre’s artistic director Jeremy Webb, the play features Rhys Bevan-John as Ebenezer Scrooge and Simon Henderson as the puppeteer.

Returning for a fifth year, the stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic story of redemption and the spirit of Christmas returns to the Scotiabank Stage.

“We’re moving it back onto the Scotiabank Stage, where it was created in 2003 and where I love it to be,” said Webb in a recent interview with Halifax Presents.

Bevan-John, who has been performing the role of Scrooge since 2015, is excited to be back performing for a live audience.

“What I love about this show is that each performance is a discovery, and a celebration, and we can all share in the spirit of the show together,” he says in a media release.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol plays the Scotiabank Stage from November 23 through December 26. Beginning on December 1, the show will also be available to rent on Neptune at Home, the company’s digital platform.

A couple of days later, at the Fountain Hall stage, Neptune continues its annual panto tradition with Alice in Pantoland.

A twisted take down the rabbit hole based on Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s tale, the show will feature all of the expected characters and a few surprises.

“These shows are a great excuse for pulling together silliness, fun costumes, some silly sets, and some extravagant triple-threat performances,” said Webb previously.

Allister MacDonald, who plays The Hatter, says rehearsing has been “an absolute blast.”

“We sing our faces off, dance for hours, and make each other laugh endlessly while bringing our own twist,” he says. “The play is so fun, witty, but overall has a lot of heart.”

Faly Mevamanana, who plays Alice, is also excited and grateful to be back on stage. “This show is so full of joy and pure fun. I can’t wait to play and laugh with you all. It’s been too long,” she says.

Alice in Pantoland plays Neptune Theatre’s Fountain Hall mainstage with two preview performances on November 24 & 25 and officially opens on November 26.

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