Our DIY panto can be performed by any number of people, from one to 1,000. If you have fewer people available than the number of parts listed below, then you could perform multiple roles and get creative with different hats, costumes and voices.
The dame (played by a man). Ariel’s Mum. Recently appointed Queen of the Ocean, she wants to make peace with the humans. Needs to look good in a dress. A great part for Dad, Grandad, big brothers.
Costume include a voluptuous vibrant dress, or blouse and skirt combo. BIG fake boobs. And lots of sparkle – Pattie is a queen, after all.
Ariel’s sister (also played by a man). A constant disappointment to Pattie. Just wants to be loved. The role for the person who really wanted to play Pattie but didn’t look good in a dress.
Costume can be similar to Pattie, but not as sparkly, as Chips is not a queen. Big, bold colours are great, as well as a seashell bikini top.
The baddie, an evil sea witch desperate to be Queen of the Ocean. Give this part to whoever has the most evil laugh!
Ursula may be evil, but she can be cool and evil. Go punk with your costume, with lots of purples and blacks. You could try making your own tentacles too, by stuffing tights and hiding them under a skirt.
The Queen’s crab servant. Think Mr Bean with claws. Can only walk sideways. This is a good part for the most reluctant participant as they can take themselves very seriously.
Costume should be bright red, but also smart, like a butler. You could make your own claws using some gloves, or even mittens.
This person needs to be able to press play and pause on Spotify or YouTube, or failing that – be a whizz on the piano (or the spoons).
Costume ideas can be inspired by pianists tinkling the ivories in a posh bar or restaurant, but nothing too loud that will steal attention from Pattie and the others.