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PANTO 2012

A LAD N HIS LAMP

This story, loosely based on the tale of Aladdin, was our panto of 2012.  It was directed by Tony Bowman.

In his lair somewhere in the deserts of Arabia, the evil Abanazer discovers that the key to ultimate power and wealth is a magic lamp, which can be found in a secret cave in China. But evil men like Abanazer cannot enter this magical cave, so to carry out his dirty work he must seek out a good and honest peasant boy - Aladdin!

Aladdin lives in Peking with his mother, Widow Twankey and his friends Wishey and Washey. They all work in Widow Twankey's laundry, but Aladdin has hopes of a better life, and even dreams of marrying the beautiful Princess Jasmine, daughter of the Emperor of China.

Abanazer arrives in Peking and pretends to be Aladdin's long-lost uncle. Promising Aladdin wealth and fame beyond his wildest dreams, Abanazer persuades the boy to accompany him to do a 'job'. Aladdin finds the lamp but his innocence invokes the fury of Abanazer who causes a cave-in, shutting Aladdin in.

Alone in the dark, Aladdin rubs the lamp. A Genie appears, promising to grant him any wish. Aladdin is free to go home, and is now the wealthiest man in China - not to mention Prince of all Russia with negotiations under way for the Presidency of America!

Back in Peking, the Emperor agrees to let Aladdin marry Princess Jasmine. But Abanazer returns, and with a devious trick he gains possession of the magic lamp. He captures the Princess and commands the Genie to transport them to far-away Tongham. Aladdin is alerted to Princess Jasmine's predicament and together they defeat the evil Abanazer, whose punishment is marriage to the Widow Twankey.

Throw in a couple of inept policemen, a self-indulgent Genie of the Ring and you have all the ingredients for great entertainment packed with songs, slapstick, silliness, audience participation for the whole family!

Our Flickr album - use the scroll arrows at the left and right edge to scroll through

CAST


Aladdin

Phil Millington-Hore

Princess Jasmine

Laura Cooper

Wishey

Luke Craven

Washey

Becky Howells

Widow Twankey

Geoff Yost

Vizier

Stephen Turnbull

Abanazer

Jez Curtis

Avabanana

Mike Williams

Emperor Shario

Stuart Hurrel

Empress Shun

Pauline Gotel

Chief Of Police

Annabel Brash

PC World

Susan Freke

PC Gone Mad

Emma Erangey

Genie Of The Lamp

Vickie Marsh

Genie Of The Ring

Chris Wassan

The Fairy

Cara Hanson

Maid 1

Cleo Northwood

Maid 2

Holly Freke

Chorus

Anna Marie Ananieva


Ellie Secombe


Emma Young


Hannah Young


Gaby Wassan


Daniel Freke


Sian Ramsden


Kerry-Ann Jewel


Emma DeGiovanni


Claie Fryer

CREW AND CREDITS

Directed By

Tony Bowman

Produced by

Susan Freke
Becky Howells

Choreography

Annabel Brash
Vickie Marsh

Musical Director

Jez Curtis

Voice Coach

Steph Limb

Make Up

Valerie Smythe
Saundra Evans

and helpers

Back Stage Crew

Paul Teuma (Stage Manager)
Dave Craven
Jon Tebb
Lee Cudmore-Ray
Gordon Young
Colin Brooks
Victor Ludkin


Set Design & Build

Jon Tebb

Set Artists

John Campagnola
Helen Higget
Jon Tebb

Wardrobe

Yvonne Ludkin
Pat Hamil
Steph Limb

Front Of House Manager

Michelle Symons

See below the photos and videos for cast and crew credits