This show marked the group’s 25th anniversary.
Hollie and April Willis appeared for the first time, along with Abigail and Claire Sweeney, and Amelia Ashton. This show was the last that Rita Hampton appeared in. She’d started 12 years earlier. Linda Ellis left as well, after 17 years, as did Ann Brothers, having done make-up for 19 years.
Roy Ritchie played Wishee-Washee: he’d played it 11 years earlier as well. Ross, as Widow Twankey, had a routine where he pulled endless strings of washing out of a washing machine. When it got stuck, he had to put his head inside, at which point a (small) flash box would go off. On the last night (and I think you’re ahead of me here) the flash box was significantly larger. Not only did it render Ross deaf for some minutes, it also blew his wig off!
The part of Wan Long Pong (who thinks of these names?) was played by a newcomer called Mark Wightman. Apparently, he fell down the stairs at the side of stage at one point, and apart from a brief stint backstage next year, we never see him again….
Joan Ritchie produced: she had been assistant producer in the previous Aladdin, eleven years earlier, and that had been her first time.
2000 Aladdin 13 (far left Hollie Willis)
2000 Aladdin 11 (back row, x,Claire Sweeney, x,x,x,front Jenny Crossland,x,x,April Willis,x)
2000 Aladdin 34 (from left Denis Willis, Ken Fielding)
2000 Aladdin 27 (from left Ross Crowe, Les Roberts)
2000 Aladdin 04 (from left Roy Ritchie, Gill Travis)
2000 Aladdin 12 (from left x, Hollie Willis, April Willis, Claire Sweeney, front x)
2000 Aladdin 02 (from left Kelly Marie Thornton, Linda Ellis, Rita Hampton, Pauline Milner,Ruth Kerrigan)
2000 Aladdin 24 (from left Ross Crowe, Roy Ritchie, Mark Wightman)
2000 Aladdin 05 (from left Ruth Kerrigan,Kerry Marie Thornton,Linda Ellis,Pauline Milner,Rita Hampton, front Ross Crowe)
2000 Aladdin 03 (from left Rita Hampton, Ruth Kerrigan, Kerry Marie Thornton, Pauline Milner, Linda Ellis)
2000 Aladdin 00 Programme
2000 Aladdin 31 (Ross Crowe)
2000 Aladdin 01 (from left Rita Hampton, Linda Ellis, Kelly Marie Thornton,Pauline Milner,Ruth Kerrigan)
2000 Aladdin 30 (from left Roy Ritchie, Gill Travis, Ross Crowe)
2000 Aladdin 10 (from left front Rose Ambler,x,x,Amelia Ashton,x,April Willis, back from left Sarah Atherton,x,x))
2000 Aladdin 35 (from left x, Donna Renshaw, x, x, Kelly Willis, Pauline Milner, Shelley Redgate, x)
2000 Aladdin 08 (from left x,Sophie Shearer, Sarah Atherton, April Willis,Claire Sweeney,x,x,Amelia Ashton)
2000 Aladdin 07 (from left Hollie Willis,x,Abigail Sweeney, April Willis)