Sunday 19 January 2020

Full house for panto

Margaret Roddy

The tree is down, the kids are back at school but there's one more treat in store- Dundalk Musical Society's annual pantomime is now on in An Tain Arts Centre.

The curtain went up last night (Monday, 6th) on this year's offering, Aladdin, and if you were very good or very lucky, you might just get tickets for tomorrow or Thursday night, as all other performances are booked out.

Audiences are guaranteed a spectacular production, as director Geraldine Pender and choreographer Yasmina Aniss have pulled out all the stops to ensure that show doesn't disappoint.

The production features a chorus of one hundred local children and young adults and a cast of well known singers and performers who bring the much-loved story of Aladdin to life.

The timeless classic is based on one of the most popular stories from the Arabian Nights, telling the story of the handsome pauper Aladdin, who is gifted three wishes by the Genie of the Lamp.

Aladdin, played by Lucy Robinson, lives an impoverished life along with his brother Wishee Washee played by Patrick Browne, with thier adoring Mammy, Widow Twanky, played by Paudie Breen. Eimear Fealy plays Princess Jasmine, Aladdin's true love.

The Kingdom is ruled by the Emperor played by David McArdle who tries to keep law and order with the help of his guards, Chop and Suey, played by Chloe Moran and Jade Gorham who are making their debut. Alan Doherty is sure to evoke plenty of booing and hissing from the audience as he plays the bad guy Abanazar. The Genie of Lamp is played by Aaron Matthews, assisted by Karyn McCooey as the Genie of the Ring, while panto regulars Oliver Hanratty and Jason Kelly are the Palace Guards.

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