The British Panto style can transform a well-worn play, like Cinderella, making it fresh again by injecting some contemporary references, audience participation, songs, dances, jokes and vaudevillian sensibilities. Beginning this Thursday, the Sherman Playhouse will present just such a version of the fairy tale, and Thursday is half-price preview night for which tickets are $10 for all. In England, many kinds are introduced to live theater via Panto, so this could be a great opportunity to break in the youngsters for a lifetime of theater-loving, British or not.
The Sherman Playhouse, 5 Route 39 North, Sherman. Nov. 29-Dec. 20. Fri., 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m. (No Saturday night shows) $10-$20. (860) 354-3622, shermanplayers.org.