Production 145 Aladdin

AladdinBy Norman Robbins

Performed on Wed 6th to Sat 9th December 1995 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Abanazar (the magician) Julian Gilmore
The Slave of the Ring Christine Eyden
Aladdin Sharon Bullen
Widow Twankey (his mother) Dick Turner
Wishee Washee (a local layabout) Paul Rutterford
The Grand Vizier Gill Watson
The Emporor Chom-Mein, Ruler of China Peter Ryder
Princess Balroulbador (his daughter) Joanne Kavanagh
So-Shy (her lady-in-waiting) Roz Turner
Handmaidens Gemma Carnell & Sophie Mannering
The Genie of the Lamp Stephanie Young
The Mummy Giff Goldfinch
Citizens Elaine Hockley, Sue Watson, Stephanie Young, Janet Monk, Denise Harvester, Gemma Carnell. Sophie Mannering, Moya Young, Matthew Young, Justin Ramsey, Sarah Lee, Anna Lindars & Marguerite Kavanagh
Guard & Slave Matthew Young
Girls Sue Watson, Elaine Hockley, Mora Young & Sarah Lee
Babe Marguerite Kavanagh
Laundry Workers Stephanie Young, Sue Watson, Elaoine Hockley & Janet Monk
Sand Dancers Christine Eyden, Stephanie Young & Justine Ramsay
Sand Dance Choreographer Martin Carnell

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

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Players Perfect Choice

The Guild Players could not have chosen better than a script by Norman Robbins, that great exponent of the tradition, for Aladdin, their first ever pantomime. Lei Cobb’s production at The Kilshawe Theatre, St. George’s Hall, last week contained all the right ingredients: offal jokes from Wishee Washee (Paul Rutterford) about working in a butcher’s, local references galore, spectacular lighting flashes and, best of all, plenty of audience participation. The ambitious sets were equalled by the sumptuous costumes provided by stage manager Pru Jamieson and her team. The cast was no less impressive and an occasional lack of pace was made up for by the enthusiastic performances of the principals and chorus. The dame is always central to the success of pantomime and Dick Turner’s Widow Twankey strutted her stuff in a wardrobe of outrageous outfits. Almost genteel at times, his rapport with the audience never faltered. Julian Gilmore as the villainous Abanazar, apparently unable to profit from the wise advice of the genie of the ring (Christine Eyden) was thoroughly hissable, Joanne Kavanagh’s Princess was spirited as well as sweet and a good match for Sharon Bullen’s likeable Aladdin. The Emperor (Peter Ryder) and his grand vizier (Gill Watson) added an authentic oriental flavour. There were some excellent voices, notably the genie, whose marvellous song closed the first half with enormous style. Sue Watson showed she certainly knows how to put over a number and So-Shy’s song to the Princess was strikingly well sung by Roz Turner. All were ably supported by musician Pat Monk, who got the audience in festive mood with his accompaniment to the finale sing along, Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody. Let’s hope her success means it will not be another 40 years before the Players conjure up their next magical panto.

Zoe Carroll

Production Team

Production Team

Director Jo Carnell
Producer Lei Cobb
Musician Pat Monk
Stage Manager Prue Jamieson
Musical Co-ordinator Sue Watson
Props Pam Jones
Set Builders/Décor/Stage Assistants Jo Carnell, Lei Cobb, Adrian Piner, Dick Turner, Paul Rutterford, Stephanie Young, Kevin Young, Peter Ryder, Roz Turner & Matthew Young
Artwork Penny Bearman
Costumes Prue Jamieson, Jo Carnell & Jane Bates
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Sound/Special Effects Christopher Sewell
Prompt Tony Harvester
Front of House Manager Dave Ashton
Front of House Assistants Mario Stylianou, Pam Rawcliffe & Brenda Smith
Bar & Refreshments Coralie Kavanagh
Publicity Paul Rutterford
Box Office Gwendoline Shane
Publicity Photographs Raymond Harlow

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