Aladdin panto perfect for kids
Porirua families get the chance to see a classic pantomime these school holidays as Aladdin, the magic lamp and the powerful genie take the stage.
A popular pantomime for over 200 years, the story of Aladdin was one of the tales in
and was dramatised in 1788 in the United Kingdom.
Developed in England, pantomime includes songs, slapstick comedy and dancing, employs gender-crossing actors, and combines humour with a story loosely based on a well-known tale.
The audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers.
Director Amanda Stone said audience participation was one of the things she most enjoyed about pantomime.
‘‘We love hearing children in the audience laugh and giggle during the show.
‘‘It’s often their very first introduction to theatre and we really enjoy making the experience a positive one.
‘‘We encourage them to participate and to use their ‘outside’ voices when calling out ‘behind you’, no one has to shush or be quiet at our shows.’’
Set in China, the story of Aladdin features the evil Abanazar who needs Aladdin’s help to search for the magic lamp and its great and powerful genie.
Featuring all the familiar characters, includingWidow Twanky and Princess Maya chaos and hilarity will keep the audience enthralled.
The show includesmusical numbers with choreography by Porirua dance teacher, Deborah Hale, who owns the longest running dance studio in Porirua.
This production features cast members from all over the region, including Wellington, Porirua, and Upper Hutt.
at PopUp Porirua Little Theatre, 4 Lydney Place, Porirua from Oct 4 till 7. See porirualittletheatre.co.nz or call 0273282997 for details.
The Book of One Thousand and One Nights Tom Martin as Aladdin and Janelle Pollock as Genie in the Porirua Little Theatre’s production of Aladdin.