Friday, December 22, 2006

What the heck is a Panto?

It's Christmas time, and here in England, that means Panto season. Panto is short for "pantomime," but if you're an American, it's not at all what you think. Think "vaudeville," with the booing of the villain and the cheering of the hero, and the guys in drag, and double-entendres that the kids won't get and the parents hope they won't ask, "What was so funny about that?" (Check out wikipedia's Pantomime article for more details.)

Why do I bring it up? Because today we're taking the kids to our first Panto. It's "Jack and the Beanstalk" in Hunstanton, and it looks to be a great deal of fun. I'll let you know...

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