Christmas is just two weeks away which means panto season is well and truly underway. Think women dressed as men, over dolled up princesses, damsels in distress and plenty of vibrant sing-alongs for all members and ages of the family to enjoy.
At Promotional Props and Costumes, it’s one of our busiest times of the year as we create lots of puppets and character costumes for pantos up and down the country.
Whether you run a small children’s drama group or are showcasing a professional pantomime production, we can cater for you. If you have your own designs that you want to be brought to life or you need us to create your perfect puppet or costume, we can help.
So what is your favourite pantomime?
Here we take a look at some of the most popular panto’s and how Puppets can be used to help make them magical.
This pantomime is the only one which depicts the true tale of a real-life character. Richard Whittington who went on to become the Lord Mayor of London. However, this tale does take a different path showing Dicks escape from poverty with the help of his cat. Consider portraying Dick’s cat as a puppet (who often never has any dialogue).
Jack & the Beanstalk
The plot of this pantomime stems from folklore about a boy chased by giants from of Wales. While the beanstalk as a prop is something we have worked on previously, we can help produce more original takes on the stage production. Whether through the giant’s feet, puppet portrayals of magic beans or even a complete puppet cast for children’s productions.
This pantomime has been a popular choice at Christmas for more than 200 years. There are plenty of character and puppet opportunities with a flying carpet and of course, the Genie!
Much like the Disney film, this pantomime tends to attract a younger audience more than most that are looking for the fairytale at Christmas time. We like the idea of Buttons and his mice family being presented at puppets for that little twist on the panto classic.
Puss in Boots
A feel good, rags to riches story for the kids at Christmas. This panto provides the perfect opportunity to create a bespoke cat character costume for the main protagonist, Puss. Much like the tail contained in Shrek, you can choose to be as flamboyant and creative with your designs as your budget or cast desires.
If you have theatrical costumes or pantomime characters that you want to bring to life for Christmas or any future holiday, contact Promotional Props and Costumes today.