Noarlunga Theatre Company
Port Noarlunga Arts Centre
Until 11 Nov 2017

Review by Luke Wagner

As we come to the home stretch of another year, pantomime season begins in the theatre world. Noarlunga Theatre Company are kicking things off with the classic tale of “Aladdin”.

Aladdin works in the laundry with his mother Widow Twankey and their wash boy, Wishee Washee and hit pet panda, Nobby. When Aladdin meets Princess Jasmine during a royal procession, his life takes a sudden turn when the two fall in Love. The only thing standing in the way of their happiness is the evil Abanazar who, posing as Aladdin’s long lost uncle, seeks to find the magic lamp and the genie within to become all powerful.

This production directed by Sue Cherry is filled with colour, singing, dancing and all the usual suspects needed for a great pantomime and the team deliver. Cherry has done well with the primarily young cast who all appeared to be having a great time.

Jarrad Henshaw does well in the title role of Aladdin, and blends perfectly with Irene Lee as Jasmine. Ryan Henshaw, Haylie Harvey and Adele Victory deliver good comedy as the emperor and his henchmen Ping and Pong. Barbara Henshaw is a quirky Genie of the Ring and balanced well to the straight laced Phillipa Heinrich as the Genie of the lamp. Deb Waller is hilarious, campy and fun in the role of Widow Twankey. Anneka Victory has an absolute blast as Nobby the panda.

The highlight was Cherelyne O’Brien as the baddie Abanazar. She adds just the right amount of ham to make the role everything one would expect from a good pantomime villain.
The costuming in this show is a real treat with a great mix of colour and sparkle. The set is simple and fun and is a great playground for the cast to perform in.

Noarlunga Theatre Company have created a really fun night out that is a treat for audiences of all ages.