Date 4th February 2022
Society St Nicholas Players
Venue St Nicolas Church Hall, Allestree
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Becci Cogley
Musical Director Phil Wensley
Choreographers Liz Holme-Cherry and Heidi Caborn
Producer Colleen Pratt
Written By Colleen Pratt


Author: Keith Scott-Savage

The curtains opened on a bright colourful production from a predominantly young cast.  A smiling and enthusiastic dance troupe complemented some notable performances and every ingredient you would expect to find was included, colourful costumes, lively choreography, pyrotechnics, songs and slapstick.  

The Great  Abanana, played by Pete Harrison, quickly achieved his objective of being the villain, with the hissing and booing that accompanied every appearance on stage, a super performance.  Joining in evil antics were his sidekicks, Chloe Hubbard and Heather Slonimski as Ding and Dong.  Emma Tocker-Booth, as Aladdin, gave a strong performance and her partnering with Nikita Johnson, as Princes Cha-Ming provided a nice balance.  Widow Twanky (David Jones) was a high-spirited Dame, and Wishee Washy (Cat Treanor) gave a worthy portrayal as her other son. I particularly liked the Cavern of Charms dance routine.

 A lovely cameo spot was provided by Isla Powell and Eleanor Murphy, as Suds and Bubbles, both with excellent diction and voice projection.   It was also good to see so many youngsters enjoying the many scenes they were involved in.

Supported by a musical duo, with a good set, an entertaining evening was had by all.    

Compliments must also go to the Players for an excellent programme.