Theatre lovers in South Delta have extra incentive to do some early Christmas shopping by securing tickets to Metro Theatre’s Christmas Panto production King Arthur’s Court.
Cameron Thomson of Tsawwassen has a starring role in the production, playing Sir Lancelot, who is described as a very, very French young man who drives the ladies of the court wild with desire. He is one of a group of very funny Knights of the Round Table.
The show starts on Dec. 14, but tickets go on sale Oct. 15.
Metro Theatre suggests buying tickets well in advance as this Christmas Panto is one of its most popular shows of the year.
Thomson started acting in Grade 8 at the Equinox Theatre at South Delta Secondary. His first play was Annie where he played three roles.
“Acting, singing and dancing defined my time at high-school as I was in all but one of the productions in my time there,” he said. “After Annie was The Sound of Music where I played Friedrich Von Trapp. Next was Beauty and the Beast where I played the Beast and after that I played the King of Hearts in my Grade 12 year production of Alice in Wonderland.”
After high school he fulfilled a childhood dream of acting on the Metro Theatre stage in a pantomime playing Robin Hood in Robin Hood and Marion.
“This year I auditioned for the pantomime again, but I wasn't alone, my mother Christine joined me. I landed the role of Sir Lancelot and my mom got in as a part of the ensemble,” he said.
After seeing her son in Robin Hood and Marion, she thought it might be fun to try out herself. She found the auditioning process pretty unnerving.
“I said it's harder than it looks isn’t it when you're watching from the audience,” recalled Thomson.
Tickets can be purchased at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the box office at 604-266-7191. The show runs Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. while there are nine matinees at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $28 for adults and $18 for children for the evening shows and $32 for adults and $20 for children for the matinee shows.