A big thank you and well done to everyone involved in the recent production of Aladdin at Antrobus Village Hall in Northwich! The show raised a fantastic £875 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the audience and everyone involved had a brilliant time!
The review by Janet Featonby, Musical Director is as follows…
“From the opening moment as Kate O'Donnell eased on to the stage looking absolutely fabulous as Genie of the Ring, we knew we were in for a wonderful performance, she appeared regularly throughout the show delivering her humorous lines in rhyme, and in a lovely over-the-top Essex Girl accent. It wasn't long before we were introduced to Window Twankey and Wishee Washee at the laundry. Widow Twankey was played hilariously by Ed Green who was dressed throughout in eccentric colourful costumes, wigs and lavish make-up. Phil Pugh as Wishee Washee only had to appear on stage for the audience to shout out 'Hello Wishee Washee'.
Audience participation increased further when Abanaza menacingly played by Brian Taylor was greeted with boos and hisses. Chris Tratalos took the part of Aladdin, and this year his love was Princess Rosebud played with great charm by Lynn Newton. John Brighouse was an ideal choice for the emperor.
Two performances that added much humour, energy and effervescence to the show were Shane Cross and Ann Pugh as Woo and Choo; the emperor's police who were busy hunting for Aladdin. Their strutting entrances to the Goons Ying Tong song will live long in the memory, as will their own Peking Police training version of the 12 Days of Christmas. Their ability to get the whole audience to stand and take part in 'I Am the Music Man' was nothing less than sensational.
The second half of the show saw Jo Arada appear as Genie of the Lamp and the gradual build up to the emotional grand finale was expertly paced by director Sarah Flannery. Choreography was by Debbie and Freya Sutton from the Sutton School of Dance, with dances expertly performed by their pupils and of course the chorus. They deserve a special mention not only for their singing, dancing and acting, but has there ever been a pantomime chorus with an age range from 9 to 84!”