This year’s annual Sedgefield Players pantomime ‘Aladdin’ went off with a massive bang, filling those dark days between Christmas and New Year. The traditional story of a young street urchin falling in love with the beautiful Princess was retold by the Players with songs, dances, comedy sketches, fabulous set and costumes and extraordinary special effects.
Aladdin was portrayed with much skill be Lucy Atkinson while Millie Harris took on the role of the fiery Princess Zadé. Terry West and Brandon Hadwin played Aladdin’s mother and brother Widow Twanky and Wishee Washee, each setting themselves as firm favourites with the audiences. Jean Hewling and Elizabeth Flanagan took on the roles of the Sultan and Empress with great majesty and aplomb; while Sarah Atkinson and Jacqui O’Meara played the two daft Policemen Harun and Rashid, with a little less sophistication, but just as many laughs! The Magic was brought to the stage through the evil Abanazer, played by Alan Holcroft, with Helen Holcroft and Hilary Yeoman playing his aide Abu and Jessica Sadler playing a gorgeous Spirit of the Ring. The cast was rounded off by Sarah Legender as a fantastically musical Genie of the Lamp, singing and dancing alongside a cast of SPYS and Players who took on the roles of Villagers and Dancers.
The technical team comprised of Tom Guest and Gill Rowe as Director and Choreographer; Walter Howell as Set Designer; Chris Blakeborough as Technical Designer; Adam White and Ciaran Lines, who operated the show; David Jasper and Ian Thurgood who stage managed; Helen Holcroft on hair and Makeup; and Viv Jacobs, Jeanney Iveson and Norma Neal, who did a fantastic job on costumes.
The show was, as ever, a great success and we are massively grateful to the support of our audiences, those who worked front of house and as chaperones.