17th January 2018
Little Eaton Players
Little Eaton Village Hall
Type of Production
Author: Keith Scott-Savage
Another panto written by Lea Holmes, and it was certainly greeted by an enthusiastic audience, emitting cheers, boos and hisses at all the appropriate places. It was the hallmark of traditional panto, and the entire cast deserve great praise for maintaining a cracking tempo through the evening. There were colourful costumes, lively choreography, together with good lighting and effective sound effects.
Abanazar, played by Ian Humphries quickly achieved his objective of being disliked on every appearance on stage, great presentation. Aladdin, Rachel Humphries, gave a strong performance and her partnering with Princess Jasmine played by Charlotte Short provided a nice balance.
Richard Kirkland as Widow Twankey was an exuberant Dame, and what an accent; son Wishee Washee, Stefan Osvath, was a super foil, giving a stand out performance. As the Emperor, Paul Makinson was appropriately cast, as were the two comedy Police Constables played by Jo Russell and Sue Kirkland. Other players all performed well in their supporting roles, and the dancers from the local dance school completed a very competent line up.
The volume of the accompanying music was a little loud and tended to make it difficult for the vocalists to be heard, but yet another feather in the Player`s caps. Good entertainment.