Date 7th December 2012
Society Garstang Theatre Group
Venue Garstang Academy, Garstang.
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Steve Dobson
Musical Director Lucy Leather
Choreographer Kathy Pinon


Author: Katharine Carradus

What a good start to the festive season. With this pantomime we had a fine evening’s entertainment from the theatre group. This was a pantomime with a good script which was exploited to the full, the principles were well chosen and played their roles well. Aladdin was confidently portrayed by Rosie Taylor, she certainly could go far in the future, and Molly Packwood made a good Princess So-Shi. Their duet ‘Wishing’ was lovely. Derek Longstaff was a very wicked Abanazar and Carla Addison as the blue faced, blue costumed Genie was a sight to behold. What can I say about Widow Twanky and Wishee-Washee, you were the stars of the evening as far as my grandchildren were concerned. They thought the laundry scene was brilliant, especially when Wishee-Washee went through the mangle and came out as a cardboard cut out! I thought that these two characters worked so well together and revelled in their respective roles, well done Joseph Clark and George Richardson. Comedy was also enhanced by a knock-about pair of Chinese policemen alias Paddy Holman and Lou Wareing doing their comic routines. Minor principles, chorus and dancers were all good, I must mention the lovely dancing in The Jewel Ballet, what good choreography. All the children were excellent, some little cuties here! Musical content was ideal; we all enjoyed the sing a long. The evening’s entertainment was well narrated. This was an enjoyable production with good sets and special effects, the costumes were all bright and colourful, the finale costumes were beautiful and the small group of musicians played very well. Merry Christmas and wishing you all a very happy New Year. Thank you.