It was a pleasure as always to be asked to preview this year’s annual pantomime at Theatre Severn as it really does get you in the Festive spirit. This year’s production was Aladdin, the classic story of rags to riches with a Lamp, Genies and a Villan too.
The cast was made up of the Superb Brad Fitt (Widow Twankey), Shropshire’s own Eric Smith (Emperor), Talented Harry Winchester (Aladdin), Loveable Dave Bibby (Wishee Washee), Boo-tastic Phil Stewart (Abanazer), Amazing Kate Malyon (Spirit of the ring), Songstress Anelisa Lamola (Genie of the lamp), Beautiful Victoria McCabe (Princess Jasmine) and finally Comical Dec Moran (Chinese Policeman).
From the moment the curtains went up to the moment they went down we couldn’t help but sing, dance and laugh along with this fabulous production from writer Paul Hendy. It has everything to capture the spirit of pantomime for young and old, with some really good songs, great vocals and fun thrown in.
The casting for the roles is superb and you can feel the hours of practice has paid off with this truly polished show. The sets are great, Brad Fitt’s costumes are hilarious and the vocals will put hairs on the back of your necks. The band effortlessly create a seamless live performance which adds to the atmosphere and the choreography is just right too.
To summarise, if you’re attending this year’s Panto, be ready for endless witty one liners, the odd local wisecrack and a whole host of hilarity from start to finish.
Theatre Severn and its lovely staff just make it all the more special. Well done to the team on yet another amazing festive Pantomime.