Welcome to the Grenoside Pantomime Group
After the success of Peter Pan earlier this year, which broke all the society’s records for audience numbers, we are returning to more traditional ground. Our next pantomime in early 2019 will be the story of Aladdin.
So we have the Widow Twankey, whose name incidentally derives from a popular brand of tea 150 years ago which came from a province in China called Twan Kay. But why does she have a laundrette in Peking? Why does her son Aladdin have an Arabian name? And why doesn’t anybody think of using their first wish to ask the Genie for lots more wishes?
But that’s panto for you. The comic policemen, Abanazar and his henchman Igor, the beautiful Princess Jasmine and her hand-maiden Layla, the troublesome washing machine, “new lamps for old”: they’re all there
The script is written, the music is chosen, and the casting has been done. We have 14 principals, 14 chorus members, 24 dancers and lots of people doing vital jobs off-stage. That’s 70 people who have to work as a team to make the panto come to life. And they will, because they always do!
Wednesday rehearsals have now started, and Sunday afternoon rehearsals will kick off at the start of December. So we are off again!
Tickets will be on sale soon: watch this space!