Piccolo plans holiday show

The Piccolo Theatre will open its fifth annual British holiday Panto, "Sinbad" by Stuart Arden, at the Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main St. in Evanston., on Friday, Nov. 9.

This year the Piccolo cast is on the high seas as they venture into the world of Sinbad the Sailor and his hilarious cast of friends, foes and yes, even the Dame Emphysema.

Genies, pirates and surfing camels abound in this tale of romance and intrigue as Sinbad journeys to the Island of the Roc to capture the giant bird. The audience will be invited to help Sinbad save the lovely Princess Shaheen from the evil Al Capone and his, up-to-no-good, genie Ali Gator.

"Sinbad" will be performed in traditional British Panto style, with music, comic songs, magic, eccentric dancing, cross-dressing, puns, and pure enjoyment. Charles Dickens once said, "A Panto contains a hundred thousand delights."

It’s guaranteed fun for the whole family! You can make the Piccolo Panto a part of your family’s holiday tradition with shows over Thanksgiving weekend and into the Holiday Season.

The cast includes: Piccolo Ensemble Members: Deborah Craft, Ken Raabe, Vanessa Hughes, David W.M. Kelch, Glenn Proud, Leeann Zahrt, Mark Sharp, Amy Gorelow.

Also appearing: Liz Larsen-Silva, Laura Wilkinson, Laura Skokan, Jessica Puller and Sarah Pretz.

The design team, led by Director John Szostek includes: Tresa Makosky-Stage Manager, Anders Jacobson-Scenic Design and Technical Direction, Joshua Allard- Costume Design, Josh Aaron Weinstein- Sound Design, Eric Branson-Lighting Design, Amy Gorelow- Prop Master, and Denita Linnertz and Zachary Davis as Production Managers.

Previews are Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.  Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m.

Preview tickets are $15.00. Press Opening will be on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.

The production continues through Saturday, Dec. 8. Performances are Fridays at 8 p.m.  Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 for the general public, $20.00 for senior citizens, $15.00 for students and $12.00 for children 12 and under.

The production runs approximately 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission. For ticket reservations please call the box office at 847-424-0089 or visit the theater website.

Founded in 2001, the Piccolo Theatre embodies and realizes the human comedy through physical theatre, eloquence and humor in order to move, delight and transform audiences. In residence at the recently renovated Evanston Arts Depot, a cultural arts center in South Evanston, the comfortable 50-seat house perfectly immerses the audience in a distinctive little world, giving them a truly incomparable theatre experience.