Review: Aladdin at St Nicholas Church Hall in Allestree
Bursting onto the scene in a puff of smoke is Aladdin beautifully performed by the St Nicholas Players. This 50th Anniversary Production is a tribute to the hard work and endeavour of this talented group.
The players are not frightened to go against some traditions or try new angles and themes. This year they have cast the principal boy Aladdin (Mitchell Blackwell) as a boy and his brother Wishy Washy (Hannah Emms) as a girl. Hannah bounded onto the stage from the start and held the audience as she delivered her lines. Mitchell had a lovely chemistry with his leading lady Princess Cha-Ming (Megan Eade) who also sparkled as Aladdin’s love interest.
The costumes were top notch once again offering a riot of colour, style and elegance. The scenery was well conceived, varied and effective. I particularly liked the flying carpet scene for its simplicity and efficacy.
Ellis Turner put in a strong performance as The Great Abanazar. He has great projection and really grew into his part.
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The Kung Fu Panda “Bamboo” (Jessica Buckley) was a master stroke and just stole the show, if anything highlighted this it was the hug she received from the youngest member of the audience during his participation.
Well done on your 50 years and well done to all involved in this production. If you haven’t booked your tickets yet get them now. I think I’ve seen 40 of the pantomimes done by this group and this one is well worth a look.
Reviewed by Andrew Murfin
Where: St Nicholas Church Hall, Allestree Lane, Allestree, Derby
When: 25th January to 9th February 2013