Friday 15 December 2017

Curtain call for panto at the TLT


Some of the cast from last year's panto. The group is hitting the boards again from January 21st.
Some of the cast from last year's panto. The group is hitting the boards again from January 21st.

Alison COMYN

JUST because you're thinking of packing away the Christmas decorations doesn't mean the festive season is over, as the annual Drogheda pantomime is just gearing up for its run in the TLT.

Aladdin hits the boards on Monday January 21st at 8pm with another show of fun packed entertainment for all the family to enjoy.

After last year's successful show where 7,000 people attended the TLT, producer and director Paul Henry promises a spectacular show visually and fun, fun, fun all the way with capers from Simon, the Dame and all of the baddies.

With a cast of nearly 70 children it promises to have something for all ages.

'We are pulling out all the stops this year for Aladdin, and will be upping the technology, with many more special effects, projector screens, and the odd flying carpet or two,' said Paul.

'The weather over the past month has seriously hampered rehearsals and we are big-time behind schedule, with things very intensive at the moment to catch up, but we'll be ready for the first show in two weeks.'

Along with the talented chorus, taking to the stage will be Clive Fitzpatrick (Abanazer), Leanne Thompson (Aladdin), Niamh Leddy (Princess Jasmine), John Kirwan (Simple Simon), Ciaran Leddy ( Widow Twanky), Elaine O'Brien (Genie of the Lamp), Catherine Conlon (Slave of the Ring), Conor Tolan (Inspector Chu) and Fiona O'Connell ( WishyWashy).

'Fiona did actually retire last year, but lucky for us she decided to make another appearance,' said Paul with a smile. 'But seriously, I think Robbie (Robert Tiernan) not being in the panto this year had a lot to do with her decision, and it really won't be the same without him.

'He was an integral part of the production, and we will be doing a tribute to him on the last night.'

As always Gillian Donaghy has worked wonders with the choreography for the dancers, working alongside David Leddy on music.

' We've been working on the panto since September 1st, and I have to say, the schools being off has really helped, and we can't wait until curtain-up now,' says Paul.

Tickets are on sale now priced € 10 for children, € 15 for adults or a great deal for a family of four, € 45. Drogheda Pantomime's Aladdin starts at 8pm on Friday January 21st, with a show every night (expect Monday 24th), and a matinee on Sunday 23rd and 30th. Tickets can be bought on or by phoning 0419878560.

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