Date 13th January 2018
Society Orchard Players
Venue Capel St Mary Village Hall
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Rob Maplestone
Musical Director Rob M Aplestone
Choreographer Emma Cole, Bex Nicholls, Megan Palmer


Author: Ann Platten

One of the most colourful sets I have seen in a Pantomime with gorgeous chinese lanterns, decorated carts loaded with fruits etc, and an overall feel of brightness and light on stage which was so inviting on entering the hall.

Not quite the usual formula in the cast of “Aladdin” but some great characters all well played.

Playing Aladdin a stalwart of the group James Finbow did really well and sung and acted with confidence,I did feel although a very lowly working class lad his costume was rather drab, but it sort of worked, and a great change when he appeared in a very colourful outfit later on gave the lead character more sparkle.

As Jasmine the Princess, Maddy Mayo looked lovely and sung in a very pretty style and the duets between Aladdin and Jasmine were pleasant and tuneful.

Lauren Broom as Wishee Washee was a “shining star” as always great rapport from Lauren with the audience, and 100% commitment to her character. Great sense of timing and a real pleasure to watch.

Rob Dack as the wicked Abanazar grew in the character as the show progressed and did a great job.Rob sings very well and “Can’t take my Eyes off You” was beautifully sung. Well done!

A very glamorous Widow Twankey from Len Stockdale in some very sophisticated costumes throughout the show. Len worked hard with the audience to involve them in the story.

Lo and Hi played by Emma Cole & Bex Nicholls were Abanazar’s  hench men and worked well together.I thought the choreography was rather repetitious and could have been rather more varied, but both worked hard  with a good feel for the character’s.

All the junior cast performed well and most of them had lovely smiley faces.

An accomplished Empress of Peking from Lynn Perera,great diction and feel for this part. And a nice character from Sophie as Genie of the lamp.

PC 39 and PC 27 from Sandie Finbow and Pearl Attwood added a comic touch to the pantomime, and all in all everyone worked hard.

When on stage it is very important to become the character you are playing and total concentration in the show is so important.This is something which the younger members will learn with more experience.

Sound and lighting was supporting all on stage,The costumes were very colourful adding even more to the overall look. I enjoyed this Pantomime very much and as always had a warm welcome from front of house.

Well done to you all and all best wishes for 2018 future productions.