Aladdin is magic

With picsALADDIN, billed as a magical family pantomime certainly lived up to its title when it opened to a packed house at the Gorleston Pavilion this week.

With pics

ALADDIN, billed as a magical family pantomime certainly lived up to its title when it opened to a packed house at the Gorleston Pavilion this week.

On Tuesday there were house full and sold out notices in the foyer and it looks as though it is set to be a first rate runner this Christmas and new year season.

Mark Hudson reprised his role as the generously proportioned panto dame as Widow Twankey with some impressive costume changes, one of which took a just a few seconds when he walked off in one and remerged in another with a different wig. He's had plenty of practice having just finished a stint in the same role on a national tour. It's also worth mentioning that Mark handled all of the impressive choreography

The gags came thick'n'fast ever few seconds and there were the boos and hisses at Abanazer the panto baddie, who would have you believe he was just a little misunderstood. Top marks go to Nick Murray Brown for the part with some off-cue remarks to Helen McDermott playing slave of the ring, to “keep to the script.” Helen also sang some of the songs and a dance routine.

It was also interesting to see such a talented young cast work together for the first time. Lisa Hunter played principal boy Aladdin and Shani Cantor played “his” intended Princess Jasmine. The couple also sang a pretty fair rendition of Lennon and McCartney's I want to hold your hand which had much of the audience joining in the words.

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Shani, at only 16, is likely to become a marquee name of the future. It is in the talented teenager's blood as her parents are Caron and Kenny Cantor who run the Cantor Theatre School in Bungay.

Lisa, 27, from Norwich has a wealth of experience she brings to the part. She started dancing as a child at the June Glennie School of Dance in Lowestoft. She has toured in many shows including Dreamkids Dream Concert and All That Jazz.

The other young talent to mention is 23-year-old Thomas Howes as Wishee Washee who also undertook some entertaining links while the scenes behind the curtain changed.

All of the cast including the emperor of China, the genie of the lamp deserve praise and it is also worth mentioning the lighting and sound effects by Steve Davies and Derrick Carter. The scenes are held together by the dance routines by the girls of the June Glennie School of Dance and one impressive colourful scene worth watching out for is the cave of the jewels.

Laughter is the best medicine, so the advice is go along and give your chuckle buds an outing.

Aladdin can be seen at the Gorleston Pavilion and runs until January 4 including Sundays. For box office and further information, call 01493 662832.

Alan Thompson