Snow White and her seven dwarf friends are like you've never seen them before as they visit Shellharbour with a pantomime adaption by the Roo Theatre Company.
The holiday production kicks off on Friday, January 8, and will bring a slew of family-friendly characters - new and old - to the stage until January 17.
It's the first full pantomime Roo Theatre general manager Josif Jovanovski has ever written, admitting the downtime during the COVID-19 pandemic had allowed him to do so.
"What I've done previously is I've taken panto's and adapted them and to make them more localised and a little more modernised, but this one's the first one where I sat down [to write]," Mr Jovanovski said.
"It's great fun because the kids see the title and they come and see all their favourites, it's just got that twist."
Jovanoski has been part of the Roo since 1996, and will perform on stage in his creation, taking on the character of Dame Dolly Dumpling as "every pantomime has a traditional dame".
Expect to see a few more new characters added to the mix, along with plenty of Disney villains like Hook, Cruella Deville, Jafar and Gaston.
Robbie Williams impersonator Trent Bowater will entertain audiences as "Black Wing" - one of the Queen's loyal henchmen who is turned into a crow halfway through the show.
"It's larger than life, all of the characters are very colourful, very loud, it's not the traditional music that Snow White would offer - there's a bit of Elvis, a bit of musical theatre," Bowater said.
"There's lots of jokes that go over the kids' heads, but the kids laugh at the physical comedy."
Despite having a little more freedom than Wollongong theatre companies, the Roo has stepped outside the norm for this production to adhere to strict pandemic restrictions.
As actors, they are allowed 32 people on stage at any time with some roles "double cast".
They still need to abide by the singing rules of only five people allowed to flex their vocal cords at one time.
Dopey dwarf now doesn't speak (or sing), while many in the cast have pre-recorded their vocals to ensure the full theatrical experience can still be enjoyed.
They are, however, only filling seats to 50 per cent capacity (despite being allowed 75 per cent) and are encouraging the use of masks to ensure the safety of all.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Fairest Panto in the Land will have 14 performances - all bar two are already sold out.
Tickets are still available for the 2pm show on January 14, and the 10am show on January 17.
More details are at www.roo-theatre.com.au
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