Event Review: Years 5 and 6 Delight With 'Aladdin Trouble'
Christmas is approaching, which means only one thing… it’s panto time! Oh yes it is!
This year the children in Year 5 and 6 took on the story of Aladdin, with a modern twist, but retaining the favourite characters. With great excitement the Year 6 children chose, or auditioned for, their favourite parts, from eligible suitors and villagers, to evil masters and heroes. The Year 5 children took on a range of roles, to support the Year 6 children in this collaborative production.
Picture the captivating world of 1001 Arabian Nights - Aladdin Trouble tell the story through the eyes of Scheherazade, a storyteller, who is trying to keep her Sultan husband happy. It is a tale of good versus evil, a magical lamp complete with three wishes, witty banter and buffoonery and, of course, love conquering all.
In true traditional pantomime style, the script was loaded with bad jokes, comic puns and comedy timing. The title of ‘Aladdin Trouble’ frequently changed to ‘A lad in trouble, A lad in love, A lad in jail’… I believe the picture is emerging! The children were all true professionals, with some standout performances, from the main parts to the chorus.
As always there was a tight rehearsal framework, and I would like to thank all of the children for being so committed and learning their songs and words. A big thank you goes to all of the staff who supported the production in so many different ways, from the music to the lighting, costumes to props, sound and digital effects. A special thank you must also go to the children who stepped into parts, as last minute understudies – without a doubt, they made certain that ‘the show will go on!’
In the words of the final song, the pantomime was ‘A Grand finale Parade, we hope you’re glad you came. We’ve had fun too, entertaining you, in a panto like no other today!’