An inventive and irreverent panto based on ‘Peter and The Wolf’. A madcap sleigh-ride through the spectrum of Russian folklore… Firebirds, ice queens, shape-shifters, wood devils, mad monks, nesting dolls, cossacks, Bolsheviks, Prokofiev – it’s got the lot.
Peter Pyotrovich lives an idyllic life with his Grandma (Panto Dame Masha Pyotrovich), and his friends Molotov the Duck, and Mishka the Cat – his only troubles consist of having to fend off the unwanted attentions of gorgeous minxes like Princess Ekaterina Jetski.
Suddenly however, all that changes, with the arrival of a fearsome wolf in the neighbourhood, and the strange disappearance of Peter’s adorable sweetheart, Dasha Lettrov.
Is the wolf responsible – or could it be the wicked Duchess Irinia Bogovski and her evil cossack henchmen, led by the huge and hairy Ivan Arstikov? What exactly is the Grand Duchess of Depravia up to, as she communes with the fearsome wood demon, Kalashnikov? And who is the mysterious Kolyinka, Prince of Wolves? Peter sets out to find out, variously aided, abetted, and obstructed by a succession of weird and wonderful characters, such as Disputin, the mad monk, Young Solyenko, the overzealous zealot, and Captain The Count Yuri Pavel Smirnoff, of the Tsar’s Imperial Guard!
There are almost limitless possibilities for including great pastiche Russian songs such as ‘We’re gonna make you a Tsar’, ‘Singing in Ukraine’, ‘Back in The USSR’, ‘Ra Ra Rasputin’, and many more, as well as opportunities for comic cossack dance routines and the like. All in all, it’s a surefire recipe for snowy, seasonal fun, which both audiences and producing societies will relish getting to grips with.
Cast: M9 F5. Extras / Chorus: M or F as many as required. 2 puppeteers.
Provision for the inclusion of ten musical numbers and two dances. More musical numbers could easily be incorporated.
Irinia Bogovski, Grand Duchess of Lower Depravia
Ivan Arstikov, Cossack Hetman
Oleg Stumpitch, a Cossack
Vladimir Dribblesnitch, another Cossack
Peter Pyotrovich, our patriotic hero of The Motherland
Dasha Lettrov, Peter’s childhood sweetheart
Princess Ekaterina Jetski, mink-trimmed minx
Babushka Masha Pyotrovich, pantomime dame
Kolyinka the Wolf
Mishka the Cat (a glove puppet)
Molotov the Duck (also a glove puppet)
Disputin, a mad monk
Auntie Anya, wise woman of the Great Trans-Siberian Ice Forest
Kalashnikov, a Wood Demon (Voice Artiste only)
Captain The Count Yuri Pavel Smirnoff, of the Tsar’s Imperial Guard
Prince Alexei Alexandrov
Old Sergei Nokabolokov
Young Solyenko, of The Red Guard
Choruses of Cossacks, Townsfolk, etc.