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Firstly I must compliment the cast – it must have been very difficult playing to such a small audience, and on the first night, but they didn’t let it dampen their enthusiasm. They really got into the swing of things, and I hope we managed to give them some sort of audience feedback so that they were able to tackle the remaining performances in good spirits.
The scenery was colourful and although fairly basic, suited the feel of the pantomime and the fact that the stage is very small! The lighting was very good and suited the mood of the scenes.
The opening number was lively, it started a little tentatively but really got going in verse 2. I know it was a bit daunting when faced with so few of us, but we were very appreciative!
Costumes were on the whole good – very colourful, hair needed to be a bit tidier and off the ladies faces as it makes such a difference, as audiences love to see faces.
I liked the choice of music, and the different words, all well-
The pace was a little suspect at times, cues needed picking up more quickly, but I’m sure that would have improved for subsequent performances.
For me the stand-
Josh Brewer took the acting honours as Wishee Washee – he kept the whole thing together and managed to inject plenty of humour into his performance.
We all loved the part where the rope broke whilst they cast was trying to pull the horse on, it may not have been intended to happen, but it was very funny, and Josh coped with it well!
I liked the opposing characters of Winnie and Minnie Wong. Winnie (Donna Fletcher) was unfailingly cheerful, with a lovely smile and excellent projection, whilst Victoria Goode’s Minnie was the opposite, being slightly withdrawn and morose, which was a good contrast. Victoria also projected well.
Maret Hakimov showed great improvement since Hi-
Rob Tabone played a rather laid back Aladdin -
Malcolm Calvert gave us a very evil Abanazar, we all enjoyed boo-
Graham Matthews was a forceful Emperor, I liked the contrast between him and his daughter and Aladdin – the different personas help to give a production light and shade.
Lauren Fletcher and Chris Fletcher as the Slave of the Ring and Genie of the Lamp
respectively, both needed to face the audience more when they delivered their lines
–they would have had much more impact if they had been front-
Rose and Maddie Taplin as the two Jewels were very sweet and appealing, and looked very pretty.
I thought the chorus were very enthusiastic, and I enjoyed what they did.
So all and all, a very creditable production with lots of enthusiasm, which left your small but appreciative audience feeling happy.
The Square Drama Circle “ALADDIN”
review date 24th January 2013
The Square Methodist Church, Dunstable
Directors: Tammy Sussams & Adam Cassidy
MD: Stephen Turner