Aladdin – Spa Pavilion Felixstowe
Written by Clare Jessup
As a family we were so excited about this years Dennis Lowe Theatre Company pantomime as it’s a much loved Christmas tradition for us.
The theatre was as full as I have ever seen it and not everyone had children with them. Clearly panto is loved by all ages!
This year’s pantomime was Aladdin which tells the story of a poor family with great ambition. One of the sons, Aladdin, is tricked into going into a cave to search for treasures so he can become rich and marry Princess Jasmine. It was a relatively small cast but those who were on the stage filled the space and sound with fabulous dance routines and toe tapping songs.
As usual there was the pantomime dame. This year it was Widow Twankey played by the hilarious Stephen Lawrence. The dame is often my favourite character with garish costumes and perfect comic timing. The character of Wishy Washy, Aladdin’s hopeless brother, was loved by the children for his fun energetic personality. I think the funniest moment for me was when Wishy Washy was wound through a mangle and came out flat!
As always there was a good and bad character. The Genie of the Ring was played with an authentic Scouse accent and entered stage right to cheers and woops and Abanazar would enter stage left to boos and hisses. It is Abanazar who entices Aladdin to a cave where he is to retrieve an old lamp in return for money which his family are desperately in need of.
Aladdin ends up being locked in the cave and summons the Genie from the lamp and what followed was a fabulous Disney musical number made up of lots of different songs and dance routines. The dancers were all of the same excellent ability and performed a couple of brilliant tap routines, not something you see very often these days.
The ensemble of children added the cute factor and were sure to put a smile on your face! It’s always lovely when children are invited up to the stage for question time with the Dame and Wishy Washy. You never know what they will say!
The show runs at the Spa Pavilion until Sunday 7th January so there is still plenty of time to get tickets.