Date 19th December 2012
Society Stowmarket Operatic & Dramatic Society
Venue The Regal Theatre
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Catherine Dixey
Musical Director Nigel Ramsden
Choreographer Marie Kimberley


Author: Pam White

A truly village pantomime, written by James Hayward and Lynne Mortimer, with a sell out of tickets for the whole run. All the characters were good and their enjoyment came over to the audience. It was nice to see Matt Bendall as Aladdin, a favourite actor with Stowmarket audiences who always gives a good performance. I loved Peter Hawkes’s Widow Twanky, Peter has been absent from good parts of late and it was good to see him back on form. Abanazar , Mark Robinson was exceptionally evil and he excels in this type of roll. Princess Jasmine was lovely as played by Nyiesha Austin as was Jo Chadwick as Lotus Blossom. I loved Wishy Washy who I thought shone in this character and well done to Callum Limer as the Genie of the lamp. There was a delightful sequence of Fire and Ice - well done with these costumes. (Other costumes were possibly more Japanese than Chinese, but this is me being picky. There was some very good scenery well painted but I did think the magic entrance to the cave deserved more than a two foot gap in the curtain! The cave was however well lit. The whole chorus seemed to enjoy themselves which came over, giving a nice welcome to the panto season.