Per­fect panto had fun for all at theatre

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - RE­VIEW: ALADDIN

IT was fan­tas­tic to ar­rive at The Lit­tle Theatre to find it packed to the rafters with an au­di­ence span­ning all gen­er­a­tions, ea­gerly await­ing cur­tain up on Mac­cles­field Ma­jes­tic Theatre Group’s mime, Aladdin.

Cubs, Guides, Beavers and brass bands (with­out their in­stru­ments) were in the au­di­ence, all en­thu­si­as­ti­cally join­ing in from the open­ing thanks to Matthew Hul­mes’ an­i­mated por­trayal

panto- of ‘Wishy Washy’ and his re­quest that we warn him if any­one came near his pet duck.

Panto is a tried and tested for­mula, and this pro­duc­tion fol­lowed the tra­di­tional sto­ry­line of Aladdin whilst re­tain­ing a youth­ful, mod­ern feel through­out. Our young hero, Luke Clay­ton, took the lead beau­ti­fully with very strong singing and danc­ing, equally matched by Liv Rise­ley play­ing his love in­ter­est Princess Lotus Blossom.

The ver­sa­tile Tom Black­well – un­rec­og­niz­able from his pre­vi­ous role in Je­sus Christ Su­per­star - was a fab­u­lous Widow Twankey re­splen­dent in mag­nif­i­cent cos­tumes and wigs. His part­ners in com­edy were the bril­liant Jac­qui More­land and Vic­to­ria Har­ri­son as Min­nie and Win­nie Wong – this duo were a fan­tas­tic dou­ble act with such great tim­ing, bounc­ing off each other through­out the show and caus­ing so many laugh out loud mo­ments. Won­der­ful. The panto vil­lain Abanazer was played by Chris Sim­mons – an­other ex­tremely strong ac­tor and singer who seemed to be thor­oughly en­joy­ing play­ing the bad­die. All the above cou­pled with tal­ented dancers, a su­per three piece band, ex­cel­lent cos­tumes and an im­pres­sively grand set, pro­vided a great evening of in­no­cent fam­ily fun which was en­joyed by all. A Per­fect Panto.

Claire Bowen

●» Mem­bers of the Mac­cles­field Ma­jes­tic Theatre Group cast of Aladdin

●» Vil­lain Abanazer was played by Chris Sim­mons

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