Our pantomime is Aladdin and his Wonderful lamp a traditional family pantomime with plenty of boo’s and hisses.
The story is set with the poor Widow Twanky and her son Aladdin who run a laundry in old China town. They have little money and need to pay their rent and bills, so when asked to bring back a magic lamp from a cave by Abanazer. Aladdin agrees. Aladdin sets upon retrieving the magic lamp from the cave for Abanazer, a wicked man who tricks poor Aladdin and as punishment for Aladdin not giving him the lamp seals him in the cave. Only a magic fairy ring will show Aladdin an escape, a genie is released from the lamp and grants wishes for him.
The Emperor has a beautiful daughter Princess So Shi who Aladdin falls in love with, but the emperor is displeased and tells Aladdin he must be richer than himself to earn the hand of the princess. With a little help from fairyland and a few magic wishes Aladdin’s dreams may come true. A tale of rags to riches, love and courage, this is a wonderful pantomime.
The cast includes more than forty people, with over 25 people, young and old making up the chorus, villagers and dancers. The pantomime is being produced and directed by Annette Dennis and Mary Osborne and with such a huge cast to organise, it is quite a task.
Our orchestra provides the music for the pantomime which is made up of Sheila Ford on the organ, James Parker on the piano, Bob Davies on the drums and Mike Wonnacott conducting and keeping everyone in time.
The Costume Department is very busy stitching and altering costumes, led by Mary Barfett and her team of ladies.
The sets are, of course, fantastic - particularly the impressive scenes in Aladdin’s Cave and the Palace. The backstage team led by Malcolm Withall, with Fred Stacey and his cohorts on painting and Chas Painter and Tony Prouse on lighting and sound have done us proud!