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Timeless tale comes alive in Sooke pantomime

Sooke Harbour Players stage Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood

Sooke Harbour Players inject uproarious humour into a timeless clash between good and evil in their rendition of Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood.

The play “Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood” is centred around Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men as they try to outsmart the Sheriff of Nottingham, the story’s villain.

The play also features Nurse Nellie Nickerlastic, who desperately attempts to protect the Babes from the sheriff’s incompetent henchmen, Snivel and Grovel.

Highlights include a hilarious schoolroom scene and the mayhem that unfolds in Nellie’s haunted boudoir.

Paul Holmes, vice president of Sooke Harbour Players, said that this true pantomime version is cram-packed with comedy, offering oodles of audience participation and honest-to-goodness family fun.

“Traditional British pantomime is an audience participation show, and allows the audience to participate in the performance by heckling and cheering,” Holmes said.

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The show is directed by Susan Browne, with costumes by Nicole Rae, with a cast and crew of about 50 people ranging from 10 to 70 years of age.

“Several of the actors have disabilities,” Holmes said. “They’ve done an amazing job of preparing for this show. And there’s a good chance you’ll see someone you know from the community in the show as well.”

Evening performances take place Friday (Nov. 24), Saturday (Nov. 25), Friday (Dec. 1), and Saturday (Dec. 2) at 7 p.m., with matinees on Sunday (Nov. 26) and Sunday (Dec. 3) at 2 p.m.

All shows are at the Sooke Community Theatre in Edward Milne Community School at 6218 Sooke Rd.

Tickets are available online at for $22 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. If available, ticket at the door is $25 for adults and $19 for students and seniors.

Sooke Harbour Players have been supporting the community and providing opportunities for local actors for the past 41 years. Upcoming Shows planned for the spring include Footloose and Twelve Angry Men.

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