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A pan­tomime and a pup­pet show pro­vide the per­fect es­cape for lit­tle au­di­ences dur­ing the school hol­i­days, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY CONTENTS -

F you are look­ing for a great way to ed­u­ca­tion­ally en­ter­tain your kids in the school hol­i­days, Play mag­a­zine the­atre colum­nist Kate Peters’ pan­tomime Aladdin & His Mag­i­cal Lamp may be the an­swer.

Writ­ten by Peters, the pro­fes­sion­ally staged panto – a mu­si­cal-com­edy the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion – stays true to the orig­i­nal story of Aladdin while fea­tur­ing local ref­er­ences and mod­ern songs by artists in­clud­ing Pink, Michael Jack­son, Madonna and Bey­once.

Peters says it’s the 10th school hol­i­day pan­tomime she has staged on the Gold Coast.

‘‘It’s very im­por­tant, as of­ten it’s the first time (the kids) go to the the­atre,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant they have a good time and see that it is fun, in­ter­ac­tive and ap­proach­able. It’s also en­joy­able for teenagers and par­ents.’’

Peters says it is im­por­tant to keep the shows mod­ern.

‘‘The songs are by con­tem­po­rary artists,’’ she says.

‘‘You have to make it mod­ern th­ese days. Kids are too smart.

‘‘They have too many av­enues to draw en­ter­tain­ment from.’’

Au­di­ence mem­bers are en­cour­aged to join in the an­tics by singing along, throw­ing lol­lies and boo­ing the vil­lain and cheer­ing the hero.

Aladdin & His Mag­i­cal Lamp stars Jy Ether­ing­ton as Aladdin, Tea­gan Now­icki as Princess Jade, Kirri Adams as the Princess’s Maid Lalume, Martin Jen­nings as The Ge­nie of the Lamp, Sheila Bradley as The Sul­tan, Grant Ebel­ing as Mustapha Bin Liner, the Grand Vizier and Terri Woodfine as the Evil Sorcerer.

The Ju­nior Cho­rus – com­prised of young local school stu­dents Francesca Spear, Matthew Spear, Madi­son Cle­ments, Starla Marti­neer, Anaise Brough, Jes­sica John­ston, Eryn Lard­ner, Lin­coln Jamieson and Rochelle De Snoo – play Towns­folk and the Is­tan-bul­lies.

An­other school hol­i­day tra­di­tion takes the stage at the Gerda Pin­ter Pav­il­lion, in Surfers Par­adise, from Mon­day.

The Queens­land The­atre of Pup­petry’s June/July hol­i­day pro­duc­tion this year fea­tures ac­com­plished guest pup­peteer Den­nis Mur­phy, from Sydney.

Fresh from tour­ing Europe, Mur­phy will per­form two shows – The Frog Prince, from Mon­day to June 29, and The Pram Show, from July 2-6.

opens at Spot­light’s Base­ment The­atre on Wed­nes­day and plays two shows daily un­til July 7. Tick­ets are $16. Call 5539 4255 to book.

and play Gerda Pin­ter Pav­il­lion, Macin­tosh Is­land Park, week­days at 9am and 11am from Mon­day un­til July 6. Tick­ets are $5.

Flip your Play mag­a­zine for our school hol­i­day guide.

Tee­gan Now­icki as Princess Jade, Martin Jen­nings as the Ge­nie of the Lamp and Jy Ether­ing­ton as Aladdin in Top Hat Pro­duc­tions’

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