Aladdin

Date 23rd November 2016
Society EROS Musical Society
Venue Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Lyndsey Fenton
Musical Director Ali Preston
Choreographer Kim McLaughlin

Report

Author: T Davies Brock

This version of Aladdin was written by David Swann and is one of the NODA Pantomimes. It really started the pantomime season at Eastwood Theatre, Glasgow and being early, it was very well supported. This version of the show has seven scenes in the First Act and six in the Second but all were achieved seamlessly.
Patrick Proven was clearly happy and relaxed in the title role Aladdin, Reece Thomson taking the part of the charming Princess Jasmine. Comedy was in the capable hands of Robin Wilson as Widow Twanky with Jennifer McKay as Wishee Washee. Mike Denholm seems to revel in the darker arts and was well cast in the role of the baddie Abanazar, assisted by his Slave (Euan McAulay), while to balance their wicked powers, Jane Sinclair appeared as the gentle Genie.    Ian McAulay appeared as the Grand Vizier, lending some dignity to the proceedings with Frances McNeil as Empress Tutti Frutti. Other parts were taken by Jean Hutchison as Chop Chop, Maureen Driscoll as Na Na and Lynzi Martin as Suzi Pong.
The story takes the Princess from the Royal Palace to the village where she meets not only the citizens but also Aladdin who falls in love with her. But the evil Abadnazar also wants her and so the story progresses sometimes involving the villagers played by the Society’s Senior and Junior Choruses and the Children’s Chorus, all skilfully positioned and choreographed and attentive to their individual roles. A very enjoyable evening indeed.