Web headline: Dame Diddledaddledoodledragon is in the house – try saying that fast, three time.
“It’s panto-time again. Music, dancing, sensational sparkly sets and a super story, jokes, laughter and ‘happy-ever-after’”, declares Janice Honeyman.
“And this year it’s back to my very first panto ever, Snow White.
“It has always been a great favourite of mine. Why? Because it’s sweet and sad, romantic, rollicking, funny and full of fantasy.”
There are less than two months left for the cast of Snow White to get to ensure their performances are perfect when Janice’s annual panto opens on November 3.
This year she will present Snow White with a fabulous cast of characters played by equally fab actors.
South African movie, television, stage and comedy star Desmond Dube returns to his sixth Joburg Theatre pantomime, playing the comic role of Dame Dolla Diddledaddledoodledragon, having become one of Joburg audiences’ most loved panto stars.
Legendary 702 talk radio show host and international champion rugby player John Robbie makes his pantomime debut in Snow White as The Major-Dumb-Ou of the Royal Palace of Cool Cornucopia.
Ben Voss is a comedian, actor and playwright, best known for his portrayal of the fictional South African businesswoman, Beauty Ramapelepele, using the alter ego of Beauty to deliver satirical social commentary.
In Snow White, Ben will play the role of the Wicked Queen Hildegonda Hoggenham.
Snow White also features two of South Africa’s most highly acclaimed rising theatre stars, Kiruna-Lind Devar (Sweet Charity, Saturday Night Fever, Evita) as the Princess and Tshepo Ncokoane (Janice Honeyman’s Sleeping Beauty, Priscilla, The Color Purple) as Prince Chuck B Charming.
“We have a kind, loveable heroine, a handsome, hunky prince, seven cute dwarfs, a magic mirror and of course the ultimate example of evil, the wicked Queen Hildegonda.
“And then, as always, there are all sorts of sensational surprises. I’m not saying what they are. You must come and discover them for yourselves,” says Janice.
Snow White is written and directed by Janice Honeyman, with musical direction by Coenraad Rall and choreography by Nicol Sheraton.
Bernard Jay serves as executive producer of this, his 18th Janice Honeyman pantomime.
Snow White will be on the stage of The Nelson Mandela Theatre at Joburg Theatre from November 3 to December 23.
Performance times vary according to the festive season schedule. Consult www.joburgtheatre.com to get exact dates and times.
Here’s a fun behind-the-scenes video for you to enjoy, taken at the costume publicity photo shoot held recently, and it was also the first time the whole cast got together: