Perfect panto had fun for all at theatre
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.
●» Members of the Macclesfield Majestic Theatre Group cast of Aladdin
●» Villain Abanazer was played by Chris Simmons