We’ve become regulars at Preston Guild Hall the last couple of years and as soon as we hit December, the kids excitedly asked if we’d be going to see the pantomime there this year.
It’s one of the few nights of the year they stay up late and it’s always been worth it!
This year was no different. We were invited to the first night of Aladdin at Preston Guild Hall and the jokes and special effects were just as funny and spectacular as they have been the last couple of years.
Aladdin is written and directed by Phil Walker who’s also in the panto as Wishee Washee. If you’re regulars like us, then you’ll recognise him from previous years as he was in Sleeping Beauty and also Jack & the Beanstalk.
Phil’s act is always a great hit with the kids, it’s not as though he’s written himself the best jokes, in fact they’re often jokes you’ll have heard before but it’s his delivery that appeals. The slapstick humour is perfect for panto and the way he interacts with the audience especially the children that are invited on stage is great.
The story of Aladdin is a tale most are familiar with and the cast and crew all performed their parts well.
Aladdin (Carl Tracey) and Jasmine (Stacey McClean), had good chemistry and sung and danced brilliantly. The flying carpet scene was of course the most eagerly awaited and we weren’t let down. Definitely one of the best scenes I’ve seen in a pantomime, full props to Craig Woof, Freedom Flying and The Twins FX. I also liked that they didn’t sing the song that we were expecting to hear while on the flying carpet!
It was however panto villain Abanazar, played by the talented Paul Zenon that stood out, helped of course by some fantastic special affects.
His side kick Jonathan Mayor who played Slave of the Ring also got lots of laughs, especially when he mentioned how he was there for some much needed diversity!
The supporting cast of Jeffrey Longmore as Widow Twanky and Marvyn Dickinson PC Pong deserve recognition. We are big fans of CBBC’s Class Dismissed in our house so the kids were even more excited when Marvyn was running around on stage!
People were still singing the songs or excitedly talking about their best bits while leaving which always goes to show how much they’ve enjoyed themselves.
The Preston Guild Hall did it again. The winning formula is a perfect start to the festive period and gets you feeling the Christmas spirit.
Aladdin is at the Charter Theatre, Preston Guild Hall from Thursday 7th December 2017 to Wednesday 3rd January 2018.
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