shows: School holiday productions centre stage.......
A pantomime and a puppet show provide the perfect escape for little audiences during the school holidays, writes
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’