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Aladdin

Date

12th January 2018

Society

Wayfarers Pantomime Society (Taunton)

Venue

Brewhouse Theatre

Type of production

Pantomime

Director

Brian Epps

Musical Director

Sheila Driver

Choreographer

Matt Holman-Holmes

Report

Author: Jo Wilson-Hunt

Abanazer (great accent) appeared in a flash and set the scene and off we whoosh'd with the help of the Spirit of the Ring too Peking. Here we were greeted by Aladdin; new to the company and a real all-rounder she held the audience in the palm of her hand dancing and singing with such command. Some of the highlights of the show being the duets with Princess Mandarin and the comic conversations with Wishee. Completing the family, Widow Twankey flounced, sashayed and built a great rapport with her, also her sons and the audience!! These three created a solid panto foundation of comedy,  physicality and musicality. Princess Mandarin and her lady in waiting So-Shy, brought the romance to the proceedings and both sang and moved with confidence. Comedy was strong in this production, not only Wishee Washee who is no stranger to the Brewhouse stage had us chuckling; the policeman Yu-Dun-Wong and Hu-Dun-Pong caused much hilarity with their crazy capers. The magical tumbling Genie of the Lamp also caught the eye with good stage presence and a twinkle in his eye.

As always the chorus danced and sang with panache, decorating the stage and supporting the characters with flair. A highlight was the UV scene where Aladdin actually flew on his magic carpet which intrigued and excited the audience. Costumes and set were bright and sparkly enhancing the entertainment. Musically the production was strong and the technical team worked hard to create the perfect atmosphere. Well done all concerned. Aladdin was certainly a treat on a damp January evening!