Our Lady Star of the Sea Dramatic Society delighted a family audience with a version of Aladdin presented in true pantomime style – excellently written and excellently performed.
Topical references and catchy tunes cherry-picked from Abba, The Monkees, Gilbert and Sullivan and Disney enhanced some characterful acting by all 11 principals.
Alan Veale was a sinister oily Abanzar, Siobhan Palmer a likeable and tuneful Aladdin, Lucy Court-Stocks a feisty Jasmine and Tommy Dalton a wonderful rapping Genie.
Director Anne Bouget had cast skilfully, with Leo Appleton and Rob Fearn as Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee expertly working the audience and Cathy Court and Phil Thomas suitably ridiculous as knockabout constables. Mia Barlow, Ron Oddy and Lyndsey Herron all seized their chance too.
Plaudits also for musical director Pauline Hardie and Angie Strickland’s four piece-band who drew some real oomph from a chorus of just 10, assisted here by effective choreography from Amy Pemberton and Sarah Appleton.
The show, by a company only re-formed last year, had a pleasantly old-style feel with lots of good clean fun. It takes a great deal of hard work and stage confidence to appear so spontaneous, but that is exactly what the cast achieved.