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Aladdin - Jan 2016

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January 2016 - Aladdin
Written by Alan P. Frayn
Stage Right Creative

Directed by Phill Willing

Musical Director: William Beck

Cast List

Carly Caller
Wishee Washee
Curtis Armitage or Flynn Silbey*
Widow Twankey
Grant Flanagan
Princess Mandarin
Faye Wyatt
Charlotte Caston or Lauren Feekings*
The Emperor
Brian Skinner
Yu Dun Wong
Darren Hammock
Hu Dun Pong
Steve Berry
Rob O'Hanlon
Spirit of the Ring
Jan Wyatt
Genie of the Lamp
Ryan Caston or Josh Webb *
Tom Godman, Kirsty Mackie, Jodie-Mae Scammell, Maddie Spain, Amber Jennings, Amanda Waters, Helen Caston, Claire Feekings, Jo Godman, Kerry Bailey, Leigh Redding and Kevin Lane
* shared roles.

Stage Manager
Jill Balderston
Stage Crew
Neil Balderston and Miles Balderston
Lights and Sound
Mark Glaisher, Steve Hewlett and Phill Willing
Claire Feekings and Beryl Lacey
Leigh Redding, Claire Feekings and Dexter Clift

NODA Review of Aladdin 2016

Another year, another great Panto at the Oasthouse Theatre, and this year's production is Aladdin.

Grant Flanagan is the flamboyant Widow Twankey. His character is funny and lovable, and he is brilliant and larger than life mainly due to his heels, (I must say I prefer the more traditional dame boot myself), and when paired with Wishee Washee (was it Curtis or Flynn?) there's plenty of fun whenever the pair are on stage together.
Jan Wyatt, who plays Spirit of the Ring, shines in the role and not just because of her sparkly outfit. The show has everything you would expect, and love, in a panto. There's slapstick humour, lots of boos at the baddy Abanazar, who is brilliantly played by Rob O'Hanlon, as was the girl-dressed-as-boy scenario Aladdin played superbly by Carly Caller ‐ great voice and deliverance of lines.

We all know the story of Aladdin, he falls in love with the Princess Mandarin (in the capable hands of Faye Wyatt), but can only marry her if he is a Prince. Enter the Genie of the Lamp to grant his three wishes (Ryan Caston). In previous Aladdin's, I've seen a sinister side to the genie, but in this one Ryan has got it perfectly characterised.
Brian Skinner gave a splendid old, doddery, bobbing, Emperor and certainly got some titters. Comedy pair Pong and Wong (Steve Berry and Darren Hammock), and Lauren Feekings as So Shy were an essential part of this great cast that Phill Willing has crafted and directed well for the small stage.

There's lots of singing, audience participation, a fluorescent cave scene, and the usual "oh no it isn't", "oh yes it is," even I joined in. All these things are firm family favourite's which is why Director Phill Willing has kept them all in. And why everyone who goes will have a great panto and lots of family fun.

Thank You RaTs

Gordon Harris,
NODA SE District 5.

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