Our 2018 Production was a Joyous Success

2018 - The Wizard of Oz Panto

Our 2018 Panto was a retelling of the classic Wizard of Oz. There was boisterous, family-friendly theater filled with slapstick, witty dialogue and a few wink-wink jokes for the adults. The show included popular songs and outrageous characters who got both kids and adults shouting, laughing, and having a wonderful time. 

The Event !

Thanks Portland, for an incredible inaugural year.  We sold out every show, the audiences were loud

Thanks Portland, for an incredible inaugural year.  We sold out every show, the audiences were loud and boisterous, and we received great reviews!  We will be back with another great panto in 2019.  

Join Us in 2019

It takes a village to create a Panto, and we welcome anyone with a passion for theatre, music, or even English breakfast tea, to come join us and contribute your talent.  


If you would like to be added to join us or be added to our mailing list, Contact Us below, or email us at pdxpanto@gmail.com.   

Welcome to Panto !

What is Panto?

Panto (also known as Pantomime) is a British Christmas theater tradition. Pantos are loosely based on a traditional fairy tale or story and are complete with songs, dances, jokes, exaggerated characters, and lots and lots of audience participation. Panto is a wonderful way to entertain children and adults alike enlisting everyone's help to cheer on the good characters and boo the bad . And Panto always works on two levels, with plenty of clever innuendo for adults to enjoy. Panto is great entertainment for the whole family. 


If you want to know more about the art and history of Panto, follow these links.

The History of Panto

It's Behind You! - The Magic of Panto

About us

The Portland Panto Players is a non-profit community theatre group dedicated to producing authentic British Panto. Formed by Art Kohn and Jane Clark in 2017, the Players welcome all comers. The company includes a mix of amateur and semi-professional  performers who want to work as a collaborative team to create good fun for everyone, young and old, cast and crew and audience. 

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Portland Panto Players

PO Box 61483. Vancouver WA 98666