Date 29th January 2016
Society Sprowston Parish Players
Venue St Cuthbert's Church, Sprowston
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Dean Akrill


Author: Susan Dupont

Another storyline realised by Sally-Anne Davies to fit the requirements of the group and still keep to tradition. And she manages to combine with such a lovely singing voice (and sweet on the eye) in her role of Princess Azalea.

Well matched by Izzie Porter as Aladdin, swashbuckling and trying to cope with story and family, nice voice and personality, dominating her scenes.

A good ‘dame’ character with great OTT personality and style, Toni Morina gave us everything as Widow Twanky, loved the dresses, the comedy, and the movements. And Luke Fairweather as Wishee Washee was the fall-guy and problem to the family, did well.

Chris Aldrich tried hard to control situations with authority as Emperor but really just could not succeed with his daughter, and with characters like the Widow.

The ‘baddie’ is always a special part especially Abanazer and Andrew Boston looked the part and worked his demon magic to spoil the lives of others, luckily he was defeated in the end by all.

            A strong role as the Genie of the Lamp, Lynsey Boston had overwhelming pizzazz and personality, good voice and movement, and, once called, played a dominant part in the story. Her counterpart, the Genie of the Ring played by James Antcliff-Stone did not have such a dominating role but these two spirits worked and sang well together.

Not quite so much chorus work in this year’s pantomime, but the singing and the harmonies up to the usual standard expected at Sprowston.

Nice set and costumes to set off the piece. And catchy music from the tracks.

The new production and ‘behind scenes’ teams maintained the spirit of family panto at the church and followed on well from the ‘retirees’ who helped elsewhere.

Understand that it was difficult to squeeze in all the audiences during the run which is an excellent problem to have!