Each year the Lane Cove Theatre Company stages a children’s production featuring Lane Cove and north shore young performers.
This year they will be performing HERCULES: the Panto. He’s strong. He’s mighty. He’s a hero. He’s all-singing, all-dancing. And he’s in Lane Cove in November!
Bestowed with superhuman strength, a young mortal named Hercules sets out to prove himself a hero in the eyes of his father, the great god Zeus.
Hercules is tricked by the hot-headed villain, Hades, who is secretly plotting to take over Mount Olympus. Hercules must choose between his legendary strength and his true love Megara.
Only by learning a valuable lesson – that it’s not the size of your strength that counts but the strength of your heart – will Hercules save Mount Olympus and be proclaimed a hero.
Let LCTC’s young players transport you to Athens, to the theatre of Dionysus, in a pantomime that promises to have you wide-eyed with thrills,
rolling over in fits of laughter, tapping your toes and humming along to catchy tunes, both new and timeless!
Written By a Lane Cove Local Legend
Lane Cove Theatre Company legend 20-year-old Sarah Jamari Edwards has written the play. She is an honorary Lane Cove Theatre Company life member and veteran of 15 shows in every possible capacity, both front of stage and behind the scenes.
The play is musically directed by super-experienced (yet alarmingly young!) talent Aisha Herbert and directed by children’s show specialist Cameron Farnham (assisted by Alexei Belchenko),
HERCULES: the Panto stars a 25-strong cast of gifted local youth performers from Lane Cove, Riverview, Northwood… Roseville, Marsfield, Drummoyne, Baulkham Hills, Mosman and more!
A classic tale with a healthy dose of twists and turns, this story is unlike any version of Hercules that you have ever seen or heard before. Will Hercules find his true love? Will Medusa run a successful hair styling business? Will the King’s daughter marry a pop star? Confused? Come along and see HERCULES, The Panto, and all will be revealed!
Director Cameron Farnham is so excited to be back at the helm of a LCTC production. He said:
“Fourteen years ago, I made my first appearance in the ensemble of Lane Cove Theatre Company’s pantomime adaptation of Hansel & Gretel in 2008. Since then, I have become a long-time member and volunteer with LCTC having been involved with shows such as Sleeping Beauty, King Arthur, Robin Hood, Aladdin and Mister Toad. Then, in 2019 I was given the opportunity to adapt and director The Wizard of Oz. And now, after delays from COVID, I have been able to have the chance to come back with Hercules!
I’m so excited to be back with such an iconic story that is almost as old as time itself. At it’s core, Hercules is a story of courage, strength and perseverance. In such challenging times that our world has had over the past few years, I couldn’t think of a more fitting story for LCTC to be coming back with. With an iconic soundtrack of classics from Guns ’n’ Roses, The Village People, Dolly Parton and ABBA, I think it will be hard to resist not wanting to sing along!
In my direction I wanted to allow this to be a collaborative experience – an opportunity for everyone in both the cast and crew to be creative and feel involved. Although my name is billed under ‘director’, it was important that this was a show for everyone to have a big part in.
I am so grateful with the cast and crew that I have board on this production and couldn’t have done this without the brilliance of Rose Edwards (costume and props extraordinaire!), Sarah Edwards (the writer, my collaborator and helper), Aisha Herbert (my long-time collaborator and friend, musical director and assistant choreographer), Alexei Belchenko (my amazing assistant director), Lochie Beh, Trent Gardiner, Rachael Ashley and the entire LCTC committee who have all helped enormously behind the scenes to make my vision a reality.
I really do hope the campiness of Hercules can provide a sense of light in such a bleak world. Something that is both fun, engaging and a good old belly-laugh for the whole family!”
How Do You Book (and do it quickly as the children’s shows sell out fast)?
Lane Cove Theatre Company presents HERCULES: the Panto from 11 to 27 Nov: Fri-Sun at The Performance Space @ St Aidan’s 1 Christina St, Longueville
HERCULES: the Panto
Written by Sarah Jamari Edwards, directed by Cameron Farnham
11-27 Nov at The Performance Space, St Aidan’s
1 Christina Street Longueville
Fridays 7.30pm, Saturdays 5pm, Sundays 2pm
Tickets $30 / $25 conc / $19 child / 10+ groups $23 / families $78
Info: www.lanecovetheatrecompany.com Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BURZU
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