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Disney’s Aladdin Jr

Disney’s Aladdin Jr

This Disney Aladdin, albeit in its junior version, bounced off the rafters with energy and verve. Hats off to the backing track operator who kept up with slick paced dialogue and vibrant choreography to keep this well oiled favourite on track, literally. The Genie, beautifully judged by Abbie Miller, an energetic live wire of talent, opened the proceedings with great stage presence, her voice, stance and character phasing out any other comparisons within moments, almost bounding onto the stage such was her obvious joy in the role. As Aladdin, Joe Mawby was a beaming wide eyed talent with a great
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Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

After the run of ‘professional’ pantomime season ends, the turn of amateur societies to take up the mantle comes around. Whilst the trend to move away from convention continues in favour of ‘big’ stars and awe-inspiring special effects, this is certainly not the case in amateur theatre whose scripts instead tend to rely heavily on the traditionalisms of pantomime; lots of thigh slapping, the opposite genders in the roles plus the iconic “It’s behind you” segment. This works perfectly for the Swanage Drama Company whose community spirit lends itself to plenty of audience interaction, half of whom were rooting for
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Aladdin

Aladdin

On a cold, rainy January afternoon, the perfect antidote was to be found in Otterbourne Village Hall, where Otterbourne Theatre Company’s Aladdin, which runs over this and next weekend, is currently spreading plenty of laughter and cheer. From the moment we enter the auditorium, even the pre-show lighting reflects the setting of the show, which opened last night. Despite the odd mistimed cue, this is a production that’s hit its stride splendidly, offering terrific value for money. OTC Pantomimes have an excellent reputation, and it’s no surprise that the run is very well booked throughout. Settings and costumes are spectacular,
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Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Like Goldilocks, I’ve tried all three types of pantomime. The lavish production starring Damian This from Eastenders and Kelly That from Emmerdale is too brash. The tiny village hall with stumbling actors and lots of in-jokes can be wearisome for an outsider. A panto like Broadstone’s, on the other hand, is just right: small enough to be intimate but big enough to reach a certain standard and to offer a good couple of hours’ entertainment for everyone. Keeping up that standard and that level of entertainment is Broadstone Pantomime Productions’ latest production, Sleeping Beauty. Ron Kite, who also plays the
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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

It’s that time of year again. Oh yes, it is. Christmas is “behind you” and it’s Panto Season!! All Saints have elected to fuse the classic Babes In The Wood with a Robin Hood story. Written and directed by Phil Vivian, it is classic, hard working, amateur society fayre and it has all the energy you would hope for and expect from All Saints. You know the Robin Hood story, right? Locksley, Sherwood Forest, Merry Men, Marian, Sheriff, all that; well, add to that a couple of young children under threat from the baddie, and you’ve got your fusion right
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Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

An almost uniquely and glorious British phenomena, the ever popular Pantomime season has been in full swing for several weeks already and continues through to the end of January or thereabouts. The importance of Pantomimes for the vitality and financial viability of local and national live theatre (professional and amateur productions alike) cannot be underestimated: for some people the annual outing to the ‘Panto’ will be their only encounter with live theatre, and many budding actors, dancers or singers are given their first opportunity to perform in front of a public audience in a Pantomime. So, with the Christmas festivities
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