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Aladdin 2017

posted 13 Feb 2017, 10:08 by Alison Woodward
A Traditional family panto by Richard Hill.   21/01/2017

Lutterworth is so lucky to host a really traditional pantomime each year. Their own award winning Wycliffe Drama Group always give so much pleasure and this year was no exception. “Aladdin” was totally traditional. It had catchy songs, colourful costumes, dozens of local references from all the usual characters  and 8 delightful young dancers from the Warrington School of Dance
Widow Twankey erupted on stage in a rickshaw accident. Luckily, trooper Dickie Wood was OK and picked himself up , throwing more awful corny jokes at us than an explosion in a cracker factory. Aladdin and the energetic Wishee Washee (Nathaniel Cooper and Charles Dennis) were her tall and goodlooking sons, (they even looked like brothers). Princess Jasmine (Lois Anna Hunt) was a beautiful heroine, and the three comic policemen brought lots of slapstick into the mix. Simon Maher, Morgan Smith and Keith Parkin were constantly falling over and getting covered in soapsuds, to the delight of the kids in the audience-and most of the adults too, if truth be told.

Traditionally this panto has to have a burglar, outrunning the police, a ghost, two genies (one small and very camp, one imposingly hovering in midair), Daisy the cow (less traditional perhaps!), a glittering cave scene with the jewels of lissome dancers and, most importantly---a very wicked Uncle Abanazar. Entering stage left in a green light to boos and hisses came the wonderful Russ Crooks. A villain, par excellence. He eventually got his comeuppance. The audience decided he was to be made good. (Although there was a few wanted him made into a Liverpool supporter!)

Congratulations to all the large cast, the band and supporters. Also to Richard Hill, writer and director. In fact to all the WDG. Long may you reign and bring us pantomimes.