Have your wishes granted by panto!

Llanelli Star - - News - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 [email protected]­di­awales.co.uk 07790 591150

PANTO sea­son is fast ap­proach­ing and once again Car­marthen and Llanelli are hav­ing their wishes granted with a spec­tac­u­lar pro­duc­tion of Aladdin.

Swansea-based Jer­min Pro­duc­tions is the cast and team be­hind what is billed as its big­gest pan­tomime sea­son to date.

Car­marthen’s Lyric Theatre will host the pan­tomime from De­cem­ber 11 to 16 and Llanelli’s Ffwrnes Theatre be­tween De­cem­ber 19 and 24.

Nia Jer­min, co-di­rec­tor of Jer­min Pro­duc­tions, said: “There’s noth­ing more ex­cit­ing than live theatre. Panto doesn’t hap­pen any­where else in the world, it’s a proper Bri­tish tra­di­tion. It’s true es­capism and a bril­liant way to spend time with the fam­ily.

“It doesn’t mat­ter if you’re three or 93, but you can all be com­pletely im­mersed in a won­der­fully crazy, wacky and funny world for a few hours.” In this pro­duc­tion, Aladdin will be played by West End per­former Gareth Evans, as he dashes around a whole new world in search of his princess. Jas­mine will be played by Elin Pavli Hinde from S4C.

With the help of his broth­ers JJ, who will be played by Adam Byard from BBC’s Ca­su­alty and fea­ture film Hunky Dory, and Ju­nior J, and their ou­tra­geous mother Widow Twankey, played by Marc Skone from Pobol Y Cwm, Aladdin stum­bles across a mys­te­ri­ous cave that lures him in with the prom­ise of riches and gold.

Will Aladdin rub the lamp and make all his wishes to come true?

Or will the evil Abanazar, played by Ben Hamer, trick him into a life as a pris­oner?

Pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tions such as Dick Whit­ting­ton and Jack and the Beanstalk have been ex­tremely pop­u­lar with au­di­ences and the team are ex­cited to make this year’s pro­duc­tion even bet­ter.

This year’s cast will not only de­liver the pan­tomime in English but will also pro­vide Welsh lan­guage per­for­mances to schools and the pub­lic.

Mark Jer­min, di­rec­tor of the show, said: “Our company be­lieves it is im­por­tant to help keep our beau­ti­ful Welsh lan­guage alive and this year’s cast can all sing dance and act, plus they have the abil­ity to per­form and sing in Welsh. It is re­ally im­por­tant to make a bril­liant bilin­gual pan­tomime, so that the fun never stops in English and yn Cym­raeg.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit Jer­min Pro­duc­tions’ web­site.

Dance au­di­tions for the up­com­ing Jer­min Pro­duc­tions pan­tomime Aladdin.

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