What the hell is VXA Pantomime?
VXAPT is the VXA Pantomime Theatre, where all your favourite VXA generated characters, scripts and mechanics are put to as little use as possible while they have some fun acting out a Pantomime of Final Fantasy VI with their not-quite-accurate costumes, insincere acting and cardboard cutout set pieces!
How long does this performance last?
The "Scenes 1+2" Demo takes under five minutes, while the full theatre performance will clock closer to half an hour.
Do I get to play or do I just have to sit and watch?
You get to sit and watch. There is an interactive element involved, but it's only a very small portion of the performance. It is there to allow you to get more involved, but it's still pretty limited as it remains within a thematic setting. You'll understand when you get to it.
However, the section is within the longest scene in the performance, so at the end of the day, the interactive section actually takes about a quarter~third of the whole performance. How's that suit ya, eh?
So we just sit and watch a visual novel remake of FFVI?
Not at all! The characters are on stage the whole time and are acting the story out in a Pantomime fashion, so the tone is very different from FFVI itself. The story is also very heavily "nutshelled" to fit into so few scenes and with such compact dialogue, so it's quite a different experience.
So it basically has nothing to do with FFVI?
Apart from the story? There are plenty of direct references for FFVI fans, and all the cardboard set pieces are based directly on the game's graphics. Also, the music is 100% ripped MIDIs from the SNES, so you get to listen along to some rad tracks, too!
So who is this for, exactly?
FFVI fans mostly. The story is, I believe, summarised enough that fresh eyes could understand the basic plotline of FFVI and follow the Panto without needing to reference anything else.
However, there are also numerous references to the game that only fans will catch onto, and basically everything side-questy/character related has been forgone in favour of directly following the key plotline.
What characters is the Panto based around, then?
Terra, Kefka, Sabin, Edgar, Locke and Celes to varying degrees. Most of the other characters aren't mentioned, but it doesn't feel sparse without them; the size of the stage and the timeframe on each scene will only allow so much to happen.