Thursday, 24 November 2016

Ponteland Repertory Society Pantomime - Aladdin | A Review

Panto season has started this week and for me, it really signifies the start of the festive season. We sent guest reviewer Angela and her family along to watch Aladdin at Ponteland Memorial Hall this week. TIckets are still available for Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November from just £6. Panto doesn't have to be expensive, and visiting a community show like this is a really nice way to support your local community. You can buy tickets online here. Over to Angela.........

Ponteland Repertory Society Pantomime - Aladdin | A Review

There is nothing quite like getting into the Christmas spirit than a trip to the Panto! The Panto in this instance was brought to us by Ponteland Repertory Society at Ponteland Memorial Hall. Andy, myself and our three children - Izzy (10), Zac (5) and Joseph (3) went to see our first Panto of the season - Aladdin!

Although the society has held many productions here, this was the first time we have ever been to this venue to see any of them so we were all very excited! The front of house team were very welcoming upon our arrival and we met the lovely show Director - Carole. Thankfully they had an array of snacks to choose from as we had not had time to get some before we arrived.

This is the first time we have ever seen a Panto of Aladdin which added to our enthusiasm of the night. I am always in awe at the dedication and time that all of the cast of local Amateur Theatre crew and cast put in to these shows and this show was no exception.

The show started with Abanazar surprising us by coming up from behind us singing passionately to ‘Arabian nights’. Abanazar was firm favourite with the audience from the start and was the shows ‘bad guy’ who gets all the boos! He played a great part flawlessly and had a great singing voice to boot!

Wishee Washee and Aladdin were played by two young men, both of whom had a great stage presence and worked tirelessly with the audience throughout encouraging us all to get involved in many ways. Their mum - ‘Widow Twanky’ - was played by Jason Long and was by far the greatest entertainer of the night. He was most certainly our favourite throughout with his comical anecdotes and utterly hilarious jokes! He worked marvellously with the audience encouraging their participation throughout. On his journey to Abanazar’s lair in Egypt he met an untimely but hilarious fall of his scooter (improvised magic carpet?!) into the audience. It's moments like this that that add to the energy and hilarity at Panto (sorry Widow Twankey!!).

The only downfall of the night, which could be down to stage fright or just plain nerves was the singing of the Princess. The high notes certainly needed a lower tone. Her father - The Emperor of China - also forgot his words on a couple of occasions. 

We all had a great time! Joseph has even asked to go again! The costumes were fab, the sets were great and overall everyone played a great part. There was many ‘laugh out loud’ moments that made it that extra bit great! All of the cast and crew have very evidently worked tirelessly to produce such a great show and judging by the audience reactions, it was well received. The salted caramel ice-cream at the Interval was also amazing and I need to buy these ASAP! 

Well done everyone! We look forward to the next show.

Thanks Angela - it sounds like a fantastic night for the whole family. Tickets are availble here.

Disclosure: Angela and her family were provided with press tickets in return for an honest review. 

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