Alan Montanaro is dubbed as one of Malta’s funniest actors. There is a lot more to Alan Montanaro than meets the eye.
Montanaro attended Stella Maris college until the age of 18. At a young age Alan was already showing promise as his play “Sneezing Time in Camelot” placed first in an inter-school competition.
He followed on to graduate with honours from the Manoel Theatre Academy of Dramatic Arts (MTADA). Alan went on to become one of the country’s theatrical stalwarts with strong leanings towards mainstream classical comedy, children’s pantomime and musical theatre.
Alan Montanaro in Theatre
Although his theatrical cocktail is mixed, varied and colourful, Alan is perhaps best loved for his panto roles which have earned him the nickname “Pantonaro” (Panto-Montanaro). His panto villains are well-loved, and his panto dames immortal.
Alan’s sheer energy and brand of lunacy for this genre of theatre has encouraged him to take on the ardent task of writing pantomime scripts. To date, Alan has written over 14 pantomimes – which are the longest running shows ion the island. He has been commissioned to write next year’s show, and is currently working on More FourPlay as a follow-up to the first edition which packed the Manoel Theatre.
Alan Montanaro is not just about Panto. As a part of his theatrical career, Alan performed in several plays and musicals, including the following:
- Anything Goes
- Fiddler on the Roof
- West Side Story
- La Cage Aux Folles (which opened the day after his brother’s funeral, who succumbed to cancer)
- The Great Big Radio Show
- Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”
- The Importance of being Earnest
- An Ideal Husband
- The Secret Lives of Henry and Alice
- Ghost Writer
- The 39 Steps
- Allo Allo
- A complete History of Shakespeare
- Stephen Berkhoff’s “Kvetch”
Alan Montanaro in TV
Montanaro became a household name when he co-hosted Lanca Gejja at TV variety show on primetime TV. He was one of the adjudicating panel in the popular L-Isfida, a programme promoting local talent wrapped around a competition.
Montanaro’s presence onstage has wooed theatre – goes of all ages, his writing skills have delighted readers and audiences alike, and his marketing and PR acumen has seen him heading a number of organizations and committees. He is currently Chairman of the Malta Amateur Dramatic Club (MADC), and Principal of the acclaimed Helen O’Grady Academy in Malta.
Alan Montanaro runs the Helen O’Grady Academy in Malta. The internationally acclaimed Academy gives children the opportunity to follow a self-development programme. This is designed to increase their confidence, self-esteem, communicative ability and creative talents through a carefully constructed progressive and dynamic syllabus.