|Date||26th October 2019|
|Society||Maesteg Musical Theatre Society|
|Venue||Maesteg Town Hall|
|Type of Production||Pantomime|
|Director||Richard Hurlock-Norton & Sian Rees|
|Musical Director||Richard Hurlock-Norton|
Author: Allan Mears
The popular story of Aladdin revolves around his rags to riches life as a washerwomen’s son, who despite not being allowed to gaze at a Princess, spies and falls in love with her. The evil Abanazer seeks wealth and power and attempts to use Aladdin to fulfil this dream, whilst the Spirit of the Ring and the Genie of the Lamp help unravel the story further.
Jack Allen as Aladdin lead the cast with a very good portrayal of the character, was clearly happy and relaxed in the title role and offered a very boyish Aladdin.
Nia Scourfield as Wishee Washee fizzed around the stage. Her energy and enthusiasm kept the production moving forward great pace.
Ross Donoghue as Widow Twanky was an exuberant Dame making the most of the comedy and great exaggerated mannerisms.
Charlotte Lenehan as Princess Jasmine looked the part and acted it competently. displaying good timing and a nice rapport with the audience.
Ellie Sykes as So-Shy, the princesses handmaiden was played very well and gave good support to Princess Jasmine.
Anthony Mullins as The Emperor of China was suitably regal.
The comedy element of the panto was Yu-Dun-Wong and Hu-Dun-Pong played by Bethan Skye and Sian Rees, who really worked well together and kept everyone entertained with their antics .
Tony Kingsbury as Abanazar made a very good villain and relished getting booed and jeered, playing the audience to great effect. duly ugly and a nasty piece of work.
Lisa Howells as Spirt of the Ring delivered her script with excellent timing. great grace and style.
Emily Jones as Genie of the Lamp had a nice cheeky persona and was delightful to watch.
The script at times was very close to the line, however the success of any pantomime can be measured by the audience’s reaction and the audience enjoyed themselves and participated during this performance.
Well done to everyone, including the backstage crew. The magic carpet was a magical effect from your innovative technical team.