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    The 19th edition of Little Theatre’s pantomime sees a spirited mix of superheroes and high-flying fantasy.

    Ever imagined Thor, Gollum and Frodo in the same room? At Christmas time, there’s no reason one can’t blend fantasy universes – especially when a bulk of the actors are three ft tall. Gearing up in full swing for their 19th pantomime, Little Theatre presents Lord of the Bling. “I’m pretty excited because our first show is already sold out,’’ says Aysha Rau, the woman behind close to two decades of kids theatre. ‘‘This year I’m not involved with the creatives of the show, I’ll be in the audience watching the story unfold just like everyone else,’’ she shares.

    The plot seems just as outrageous as ever, with Queen Candy having created a divine instrument that has all in the land of the elves in a flurry. And the evil Gollum wants to take over Middle Earth with its power.
    As is the norm, there is a great dame (a male actor playing a campy female character) and plenty of participants (close to 80 actors).

    The whole fantasy series mash-up has been evolved over four months, reveals director Krishnakumar Bala-subramanian or KK. Watch out for an enticing fight sequ-ence between Thor and Loki, with some assistance from his army of Orks! Let’s just hope, Santa Claus (who makes a visit every year) doesn’t get caught in the fire. If he does, it’s going to be, “Ho ho, Ouch.”

    Backstreet’s back?
    Try not to miss theatrical renditions of uber popular songs that also weave their way into the mix, like Everybody (Backstreet Boys) and Part Time Lover (Stevie Wonder).
    There are nine shows, from December 6 to 11 at 7 pm (3 pm and 6.30 pm on select days) at Museum Theatre, Egmore. Details: 28211115, 9043574801 or indianstage.in

    — Sonali Shenoy

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