Aladdin panto per­fect for kids

Kapi-Mana News - - SCHOOL HOLIDAYS -

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.

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