The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Fall, 2017

The Pink Panther is a series of comedy-mystery films featuring an inept French police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau. The series began with the release of The Pink Panther (1963). The role of Clouseau was originated by, and is most closely associated with, Peter Sellers. Most of the films were directed and co-written by Blake Edwards, with theme music composed by Henry Mancini. Elements and characters inspired by the films were adapted into other media, including books, comic books and animated series.

In the first film, the “Pink Panther” is a large and valuable pink diamond.  The diamond is called the "Pink Panther" because the flaw at its center, when viewed closely, is said to resemble a leaping pink panther. The phrase reappears in the title of the fourth film The Return of the Pink Panther, in which the theft of the diamond is again the center of the plot. The phrase was used for all the subsequent films in the series, even when the jewel did not figure in the plot. It ultimately appeared in six of the eleven films. The name "the Pink Panther" became attached to Inspector Clouseau in much the same way that Frankenstein has been used in film titles to refer to Dr. Frankenstein's creation, or The Thin Man was used in a series of detective films.

The first film in the series had an animated opening sequence, created by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and set to the theme music by Mancini, which featured the Pink Panther character. It  was such a success United Artists executives decided to adapt the title sequence into a series of theatrical animated shorts, the first of which, 1964's The Pink Phink, won the 1964 Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Later, the cartoon Pink Panther had his own series of animated cartoons which gained its highest profile when aired on Saturday mornings as The Pink Panther Show.

The Series:

  • The Pink Panther (1963): In the original film, released in 1963, the main focus was on David Niven's role as Sir Charles Litton, the infamous jewel thief nicknamed "the Phantom," and his plan to steal the Pink Panther. Inspector Clouseau was only a secondary character as Litton's incompetent antagonist and provided slapstick comic relief to a film that was otherwise a subtle, lighthearted crime drama.
  • A Shot in the Dark (1964): This film was not originally intended to feature Clouseau, but the popularity of Clouseau caused him to become the main character, and made subsequent films more slapstick comedies. It is the first of two films in the series (the other being Inspector Clouseau) that features neither the diamond nor the distinctive animated Pink Panther in the opening credits and ending. Many critics, including Leonard Maltin, regard this film as the best in the series.  Clouseau bumbles his way through a murder investigation.  It also marks the first appearance of both Herbert Lom’s Inspector Dreyfus and Burt Kwouk’s Cato.
  • Inspector Clouseau (1968): Sellers declined to play Clouseau again so Alan Arkin takes over.  However, none of the recurring characters appeared (Dreyfus, Cato, etc.).
  • The Return of the Pink Panther (1975): This not only marks the return of the famous Pink Panther diamond, but also that of Peter Sellers, Edwards as director, Henry Mancini on music, and characters Dreyfus and Cato. Sellers wasn’t thrilled to be playing Clouseau again, and his relationship with Edwards was strained, but he needed the money.
  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976):  Dreyfus’ insanity reaches a pinnacle, as he tried to intimidate the rest of the world into killing Clouseau.
  • Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978):  This film pits Clouseau against the French Connection.  It was the last in which Sellers played Clouseau.  He died two years after its release.
  • Trail of the Pink Panther (1982): This features Peter Sellers as Clouseau using unused material from Strikes Again, as well as scenes from previous released Pink Panther films.  It was intended as a tribute to Sellers but after its release, Seller’s widow sued Blake Edwards for tarnishing her late husband’s memory. It was a critical and commercial failure.
  • Curse of the Pink Panther (1983): Features a bungling American detective.  Clouseau returns after having plastic surgery to disguise his identity (he was played by Bond actor Roger Moore!) in a cameo.  It didn’t do well.
  • Son of the Pink Panther (1993):  An attempt at a revival, Edwards casts Roberto Benigni as Jacques Gambrelli, Clouseau’s illegitimate son by Maria Gambrelli, the murder suspect from Shot in the Dark.  Many former costars return, including Dreyfus and Cato, but it became the final installment in the original series.
  • The Pink Panther (2006): This reboot launches a new series starring Steve Martin as Clouseau, and Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Dreyfus.  It is not a remake of the original film, and forms a new starting point for a contemporary series as Clouseau tracks down the thief who stole the famous jewel.
  • The Pink Panther 2 (2009): The sequel to the Martin film, with John Cleese as Dreyfus.

Our production tonight features not only our version of the 1960-70’s Saturday morning cartoon/comic book colors, but also a great deal of hard work with choreographing all the physical comedy and gags that were a part of the Clouseau persona.  With 22 different scenes, we have a whole lot of work going on behind the scenes, too! We have had a lot of fun getting it ready for you!   Another exciting development is the addition of a great group of ZCSTC newcomers both in tech and on stage.  We are excited about this influx of new talent joining our veterans!  We hope you gets some laughs and enjoy!

(Information from “The Pink Panther”, Wikipedia: The Online Encyclopedia.         Wikimedia, Inc. 2017.)

 
   

Kendra Bower -   Olga Berriosiva, Asylum Nurse

Elyse Dunn-     Orderly, Mrs. Stutterstutt, Mirage Club Patron, Oktoberfest  Band, Waitress

Courtnie Trego-   Dr. Duval, Mrs. Leverlilly, Mirage Club Patron, Polish Assassin with gun,  Scientist

Aineka Carlson- Margot Fassbender, Chinese Assassin

McKenna Woodyard- Insane Patient, Inspector Drummond, Mirage Club Patron, Norwegian      Assassin, Sarcastic Desk Clerk, Scientist

Payton Sims- Insane Patient, Mrs. Japonica, Mirage Club Patron, TV technician, Mexican Assassin, Scientist

Kira Doonan- French Lady, Mirage Club Backup Singer, German Agent/Pretzel Girl,

Brantley Bryan- Insane Patient, Mrs. Bullock, Mirage Club backup singer, Italian Assassin, Scientist

Cameron Wertenberger Inspector Jacques Clouseau

Tim Leslie- Paul Dreyfus

Tanner Thompson- Dr. Hugo Fassbender, Nigerian Assassin

Noah Harveaux-     Ainsley Jarvis, Irish assassin, Scientist

Alan Garcia- Insane patient, Hindu Harry, Arabian Assassin

Kyle Fergus- Insane Indian, Jean Tournier, Messenger, and a dog

Christian Fendell  - Orderly, Cairo Fred, German desk clerk

Mason Bower- Francois, Inspector McLaren, Chuck the Waiter,  Tango, Oktoberfest Band, Mafia Guy

Levi Bollinger- French Man, Cato, Mirage Club Emcee, Oktoberfest Band

Luke Nelson- Waiter, Mr. Shork, Mirage club patron, TV cameraman, Japanese Assassin

McKenna Woodyard, Brantley Bryan, Macey Emery and Shelby Sander-    The Pink Panthers

Tyler Hutt        Construction/Set Team

Alex Heggie

Steven Brant                                                                                                                         

Ethan Cooper

Trevor Emery

Xavier Hill

Assisted by Kai Tannehill and Caleb Wertenberger

Sophie Udell Costumes Production Team

Shelby Sander

Calla Isaac

Macey Emery Props Production Team

Kaylee Toop

Cast/Crew Photography Kim Wertenberger

Costumes Management Debra Geffe

Doomsday Machine Ryan and Hilary Woodyard

Lights and Sound Design Lynn Brant

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