Lots of fun at panto
Players’Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves delights audiences of all ages
The Blairgowrie Players took to the stage last week for their 44th annual panto production.
This year the Players staged Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves - the first time they have performed the show since 1994.
Producers had promised there would be plenty of laughs and they certainly delivered as months of hard work and preparation, rehearsals, costume fittings and set designing culminated in a five-day run of the show at Blairgowrie Town Hall which was seen by hundreds of people of all ages in the area.
The production included all the traditional ingredients of a panto corny jokes, enthusiastic audience participation, dances, songs, local references and a bit of slapstick - as well as a camel.
I would like to say a massive thank you to all who work long hours to bring you two hours of entertainment. Thanks also to sponsors and advertisers who have helped
The cast of nearly 40, including many youngsters and around a dozen newcomers to the Players as well as plenty of familiar faces, all did well, the costumes and sets were colourful and the music lively and entertaining with everything from Madness to the Monkees and Little Mix - everything you need to brighten up a dreary winter’s night.
Chairman of the Blairgowrie Players, Graham Reid, thanked everyone involved in the production of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, as well as everyone who came along to see the show.
He said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to all who work long hours behind the scenes to bring you two hours of entertainment.
Thanks also to all our sponsors and advertisers who have helped with this production.
“We hope everyone enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed producing it.
“And on behalf of the Players I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.”
Heyuse - Roy Mayne, Ali Baba - Shaun TopenCooper, Donna Kebab Pamela Howat, Mustapha Dubbl - Kerry McFadden, Wally Tuffazell - Lily Milne, Bendi Nanas - Josy Carnegie, Buncha Nanas - Gill Oakes, Cassim Baba - Jeff Brewer, Olive Baba - Ruth Reid, Rhum Baba - Robert Oakes, Professor Indiana Jones - Keith Mackenzie, Pollyanna Jones - Jaime Kettles, Fanlight Fanny Don Kinloch, Humperty - Lynette McCafferty and Kerry McFadden, Wazir Lesley Fernando, Werafez - Kay McNab.
The chorus and other parts were played by Sandy Lumsden, Charley BlairMorrison, Lauren BlairMorrison, Max Donnelly, Ryan Donnelly, Stella Douglas, Eilidh Duncan, Ramsay Gregor-Jenney, Sopie Hilditch, Sophie Hill, Kirk Robb, Liam Keating, Grace Martin, Caitlin McCarthy, Amy Neave, Mollie Patterson, Elyssa Stewart, Toni Stewart, and Eva Wilson.
Production crew included Graham Reid, Trevor Taylor, John Bridge, Mark Hilditch, Jake Hilditch, Pam Mackenzie, Leslie Robertson, Hazel Tweddle, Lynda McNaughton, Alan McCombe and many other volunteers and helpers.
Talented Pamela Howat as Donna Kebab and Shaun Topen-Cooper as Ali Baba
Entertaining Kay McNab as Werafez, Lesley Fernando as Wazir and Ruth Reid as Olive Baba
Colourful Lots of hard work went in to the colourful set design and costumes
Show time One of the young cast members, Kirk Robb
Thick as thieves The plot thickens
Cast Nearly 40 people took part in the Blairgowrie Players’ panto this year
Master of disguise Jeff Brewer as Cassim Baba and El Scorpio
Familiar faces Robert Oakes as Rhum Baba and Jaime Kettles as Pollyanna Jones
Last crusade Keith Mackenzie as Professor Indiana Jones
Talented The Blairgowrie Players encourage youngsters to take part in the show
Young talent Some of the youngsters in the show with Humperty the camel
There’s nothing like a dame Don Kinloch starred as Fanlight Fanny
Character Kerry McFadden as Mustapha Dubble