5:30 p.m ., Dec. 16)
Goose' production definitely worth a gander
Goose, played by Bob Dickinson, spurns the advances of Clarence Creep, played
by Peter Courtney, during the opening night performance of East End Theatre's
Christmas pantomime on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Goose. She's behind on her rent and the village Earl, Clarence Creep, wants to
throw her into the street. But that's the least of her problems as she's about
to become the central figure in a wager between the Fairy Queen and the bad fairy
Discord over whether her heart is true.
so begins the East End Theatre company's pantomime production of "Mother
Goose", on stage this week at the Orléans Theatre.
East End Theatre company have become old pros at pantomime which combines comedy,
singing, audience participation and satire. Past holiday productions have included
Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella.
central figure in "Mother Goose" is, of course, Mother Goose who's played
by Bob Dickinson. Dickinson makes a triumphant return to the pantomime stage after
a one year absence. In 2003, he played Jack's mother Dame Trot in "Jack and
not so many words, Dickinson is hilarious, ridiculous, foolish and just plan funny.
His facial expressions alone will have you rolling in the aisle, but for true
side-splitting comedy his "strip tease" in Act 2 is worth the price
of admission all on its own.
Goose" is loaded with funny bits such as when Mother Goose and Clarence Creep
sing Meatloaf's Paradise by the Dashboard Lights, or when she leaps into
the arms of Billy Goose, Creep and Onions at the end of It's Raining Men.
course, no pantomime is complete without a villain, or in the case of "Mother
Goose", a villainess, and Sherry Thurig fits the bill as the conniving Discord.
a general rule you can gauge the acting ability of a pantomime villain by the
tenure of derision they receive from the audience. In Thurig's case, the boos
and cat calls during the opening night's performance were off the chart.
Goose admonishes her son Billy as he hugs Priscilla the magical goose during Act
1 of the Christmas pantomime 'Mother Goose'. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Peter Courtneye seasons the team was undefeated in league and ERSL Cup play, winning
three league championships and three ERSL Cups along the way. During the past
season Amy set a new record for most goals in a season with 22 along with
her teammate Kayla Marshall.
Her success on
the field led to an invitation to the U15 selection camp in Vaughan, just
north of Toronto. Amy and her father made the trip six consecutive weekends.
In the end, she was one of only two players from outside the GTA to be named
to the team. She was also chosen to be the team's designated corner and free
Besides her work
ethic and competitive drive, Amy is equally adept kicking with her left foot
as she is with her right. It's a unique ability that comes from her years
of training as a competitive highland dancer.
Because of the
increasing demand on her time, Amy has had to forego her love of dance to
pursue her love of soccer. Her ultimate goal is to one day play for Team Canada,
but for now her immediate focus is being a part of Team Ontario and preparing
for the Rocky Mountain Cup in St. Alberta, Alberta next summer which doubles
as the national championships.
looking forward to it," says Amy about the prospect of playing on the
national stage for the first time. "It's going to be exciting."
At the rate she's
going it wouldn't surprise anyone, least of all her parents or her old coach,
if Amy achieves her goal sooner rather than later.
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