Lots of fun at panto

Play­ers’Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves de­lights au­di­ences of all ages

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - ENTERTAINMENT - Clare Damodaran

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.”

Cast

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

Pho­tos by Clare Damodaran

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

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