Hold onto your hats!  imaginary beasts sweeps into town like a cyclone this January with a tale full of magic and wonder when they refashion an American classic into a fantasy of technicolor proportions!

When a terrible twister drops Dorothy and her little dog Toto somewhere over the rainbow, they must take a journey of discovery to the Emerald City in order to get ‘Home, sweet home’.  But when our young heroine realizes that her Auntie Em has followed her to the Land of Oz the adventures really begin.

L. Frank Baum’s beloved fairy tale receives the full Panto treatment when the beasts return to Boston with their favorite cold weather tradition, and audiences of all ages will want to follow the 'yellow' brick road to the Boston Center for the Arts to catch :

Winter Panto 2016: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!

at the Plaza Black Box Theatre

at the Boston Center for the Arts

539 Tremont Street, Boston MA

January 9-30, 2016


Today Panto is a celebratory tradition, bringing people together for a kind of communal storytelling. The plots used are only the most recognizable, usually taken from fairy tales, nursery rhymes, or popular legends, and always involving a heroic quest. At their essence, Pantos enact a battle of good versus evil, fought by a band of ragtag stock characters.

As a member of a Panto audience you might be conscripted by the baddies but you will always support the goodies. You will complete rhymes, and sing songs. You will guard sacred objects and shout warnings about sneaky characters. You may be flirted with, or hissed at, or even knighted. You may see a photo of yourself appear onstage!

Good always triumphs over evil in the end, but this can only be accomplished if every person in the theatre works together. Audience participation is not only a staple in a Panto, it is an essential part of telling the story. Only with audiences discouraging the bad characters and helping out the good ones can the journey be completed, and order restored.

Pantos are a wildly popular form of entertainment in Great Britain, and the beasts are one of only a handful of companies keeping the tradition alive in the United States!

The Ensemble...

Michael Chodos

Cameron Cronin

Mikey DiLoreto

Sarah Gazdowicz

Molly Kimmerling

Amy Meyer

Bob Mussett

Elizabeth Pearson

Joey Pelletier

Kiki Samko

Libby Schap

William Schuller

Noah Simes

Michael Underhill

Matthew Woods

Directed & Conceived by

Matthew Woods

Costume Design by

Cotton Talbot-Minkin

Lighting Design by

Christopher Bocchiaro

Set Design by

Candido Soares & Matthew Woods

Wardrobe Assistance by

Andrea DiTullio

Stage Managed by

Norma Heller

Production & Management Assistance by

Deirdre Benson

Poster graphic by Elizabeth Pearson and Jill Rogati

Every little bit helps!

We just launched our very first Indiegogo Campaign to help support our Annual Winter Panto!

Tickets will be on sale soon, but this is your FIRST opportunity to reserve your seat for Winter Panto 2016: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! (January 9th - 30th, 2016)

CLICK HERE to find out more, and to support Winter Panto 2016!