Aladdin’s cave is full to the brim with panto family fun

Audiences are promised plenty of thigh-slapping, songs and a good measure of local jokes when Corby Amateur Theatrical Society stages Aladdin.

With a cast of more than 40, the show opens at The Core theatre on Thursday, December 27, and runs until Sunday, December 30.

Leona Andreana Sontag (Princess Manderin), Gordon Ritchie (Abanaza) and Sophie Tranter (Aladdin).

Leona Andreana Sontag (Princess Manderin), Gordon Ritchie (Abanaza) and Sophie Tranter (Aladdin).

Rehearsals started in September and after all the hard work, performers and the backstage crew are all set for the opening night.

Luke Simcoe, the society’s communications manager, who also plays the part of Widow Twankey, said: “The audience, whether they are aged seven or 70, will enjoy the show. It’s a great traditional panto with plenty of audience participation.

“People will have the song sheets and there will be plenty of jokes with local references.”

The panto has been directed by Craig Machar, with Sophie Tranter playing Aladdin, Leona Sontag as the princess and Stuart Reynolds as the Genie of the Lamp.

Gordon Ritchie plays Abanazer, with Richard Nicholls as Wishee Washee, Heather Bunnewell as So Shi and Janice Young taking the role of Empress. The Spirit of the Ring is played by Janet Askew and, in the roles of two Chinese policemen, are Catherine Bass and Janet Askew. The society is staging Aladdin following the success of last year’s Christmas production, Dick Whittington.

The panto will feature live music, dazzling sets and costumes and a magic carpet adventure for all the family.

Corby Amateur Theatrical Society has been promoting the performing arts in the area for more than 50 years and it produces an annual traditional pantomime, a major musical production and either a play or a variety show each year.

Its members were instrumental in the saving and running of the Willows Arts Centre and they campaigned for its replacement, The Core theatre.

Performances of Aladdin start at 7pm each night and there will be matinees on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 2pm. Tickets are £12 or £10 for concessions and there are also family tickets for two adults and two children for £40.

To book call The Core theatre on 01536 470470.