Market Warsop Players’ production of Aladdin had everything you would expect from a pantomime - a brilliant cast, comic capers, sing-alongs, audience participation, jokes with local taglines, colourful costumes and well-designed scenery.
Directed by Karen Smith, with music and lighting by Shine, six performances took place in front of sell-out audiences on three nights last week at Londgen Terrace Miners’ Welfare.
Mac Walters gave an outstanding performance as Wishee Washee and whenever he came on stage he got the audience to interact with him - shouting ‘Wishee Washee Wishee,’ to which they replied ‘we all think you’re dishy.’
Comedy policemen Pep-Si and Ko-La played by Joe Barlow and Connor Spalding gave a comical performance as Jedward lookalikes, armed with water pistols.
Every pantomime has to have its baddie and Stuart Moody played the marvellously evil Abanazar, who commanded just the right amount of nastiness, without being too scary.
His evil plans were thwarted by Aladdin, played by Yvonne Cantrell, whose singing duets with Princess Jasmine, played by Chloe Wells, were delightful.
Steve Smith returned to play the Dame for the second year and his performance of Widow Twankey was hilarious. His ability to adlib and keep the show running, when things didn’t go quite to plan, was much to his credit.
Special mention needs to be made about Josh Cantrell who played The Emperor of China. He was the only member of the cast to speak all his lines in a Chinese voice and this added magical realism to his character.
The audience were treated to a number of songs, including the shoe tapping ‘Show Me The Way To Peking City’ to the tune of ‘Is This The Way To Amarillo’.
My only criticism was the ‘Blind Date’ scene, which I felt was messy, and did not add anything magical to the plot.
Market Warsop Players clearly put a lot of effort and enthusiasm into this production and this is much to their credit.
I do feel they would benefit from performing at the Palace Theatre as it would give them the room to spread their wings, play to a wider audience and consolidate on their continued success.