This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.
Are you ready for this? The 2011-2012 Ross Petty pantomime at the Elgin Theatre featured a mining motif. It is not often that mining takes a bow on stage but the new rendition of the “The Wizard of Oz” not only had miners doing a song and dance routine to “Macho Man” and other numbers but Donnie, one of the main characters was a miner. Never mind that the Wicked Witch threatens to turn him into “a heap of scrap metal.”
Ross Petty has been producing a Christmas pantomime for 16 years and it has become a popular fixture on Toronto’s theatre scene. Past productions have included “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella” (who can forget Celine and Shania as the evil step sisters?),”Robin Hood,” “Snow White,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Aladdin,” which featured renowned wrestler Bret The Hitman Hart.
The pantomimes are in the tradition of the old British shows, which included a lot of physical humour and music along with witty social commentary and criticism. Audience interaction is encouraged and regular ad libbing by all the actors ensures no two performances are exactly alike. The farce reigns supreme. “The Wizard of Oz” included some good shots at Toronto’s professional hockey team, bicycle paths, libraries and the city’s municipal leadership among others. Continue Reading →