Aladdin

Date 22nd February 2014
Society Hereford Amateur Pantomime Society
Venue The Courtyard
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Steve Raven
Musical Director Simon Allen
Choreographer Anna Thommason

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Author: Wendy Winterburn

This was a very enjoyable performance.  Mike Weaver as Abanazer was a very good baddie and I loved the part of the Darth Vader music from Star Wars every time he came on and the jedi inspired costume!

I would like to give special mention to Harry Jones as Wishee Washee who at 16 years old was very good in his role and has lots of stage presence.  I look forward to seeing him in future roles.  He was a very good double act with Dave Piears as Widow Twankey.

If I had not been told I would not have realised that Louisa Tobin as Lychee and Nick Fisher as the Emperor had only taken over their respective roles in January when the original cast of those parts had to unfortunately pull out so well done to them for stepping into those roles with only around 6 weeks of rehearsals.

Nick Fisher and Mo Grogan also made a good double act as the Emperor and the Empress.  I especially liked the Generation Game inspired section with the various gold items brought on by the genie and the cuddly toy camel!

I loved Clare McFarlane’s hippy 1960 Genie and all her costumes!

One of my favourite bits was during the Jai Ho number where Abanazer was sat at the back reading a certain NODA magazine!  I also loved the Soul Bossa Nova especially seeing Aladdin played by Sam Stacey getting into the grove with the Genie!

It was lovely to see the good range of ages in the cast and chorus.  The set was very good and I loved the part where the rock opened in the cave of wonders and out appeared the lamp!

Thank you to Hereford Pantomime for inviting me to see your really enjoyable show.