Pickering Panto Set to Sparkle

by Handy Mag
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Pickering Musical Society are deep in rehearsals for their upcoming pantomime. This year’s production will be Aladdin and will once again be directed by resident director Luke Arnold, who has teamed up with Clive Wass as the Musical Director. This year Luke welcomes a new choreographer, Leah Nichols, to his production team. Leah is no stranger to the Kirk Theatre, having performed with the Sarah Louise Ashworth School of Dance in many of the society’s pantomimes. Luke said: “It has been an exciting few weeks, welcoming Leah to our team.  We are all really enjoying working with her and the energy she has brought to the production.”  

As in previous years, the society has chosen a script written by Ron Hall, who was a life member of the society and who wrote many scripts over the years. The script follows the usual tale of Aladdin and the audience is transported to Old Peking where the story unfolds.

One of the most popular pantomimes of all, the thrilling story of a boy, a lamp and a genie has kept people spell-bound for generations.

Families visiting the Kirk Theatre this January can look forward to a fun-packed performance full of side-splitting comedy, singing, dancing, slapstick, dazzling special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of audience participation.

The cast for Aladdin also features society regulars Danielle Long as Aladdin, Courtney Brown as Princess Lotus Blossom and Millie Fisher as Slave of the Ring. Playing the role of the Empress of China, Linda Tester returns to the stage as the strong-willed ruler, not to mention her bodyguard, One Long Pong, played by Will Smithson. Comic duo Paula Paylor and Rachel Anderson appear as sisters Minnie and Winnie Wong. Finally, the Genie will be played by Jack Dobson. 

Luke added: “We’ve got everything that you could wish for this year in our spectacular production of Aladdin. A fantastic script by the fabulous Ron Hall, the most boo-able of baddies in the form of John Brooks, and dame extraordinaire Marcus Burnside returns to the Kirk Theatre stage; oh and of course, the one and only Stephen Temple himself as Wishee Washee. With lavish sets and costumes, sensational song and dance numbers and lamp loads of laughs, your wish is our command!”

Aladdin opens at the Kirk Theatre, Pickering on Thursday 18th to Sunday 28th January at 7.15pm with matinee performances on weekends at 2.15pm. Tickets are priced from £13 and are available by phone 01751 474833 or via the theatre website www.kirktheatre.co.uk 

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