Guest blog post by Harriet Wright, Audience Development, Heritage Culture and Visitors at the Palace Theatre Newark & National Civil War Centre
The kids are back at school, the first few leaves are starting to turn and there’s a handful of conkers on the ground so here at the Palace Theatre, our thoughts are turning to that most wonderful time of the year – Pantomime!
This year’s panto, Aladdin, promises to be another festive spectacular as it flies into the Palace complete with magic carpets, genies and much more! Aladdin stars Hayley Tamaddon – best known for Dancing on Ice and as Emmerdale’s Del Dingle – as the Princess, and welcomes back Tim Freeman as that most famous of panto dames, Widow Twankey. With big song and dance numbers, loads of slapstick comedy, bags of audience participation and even a little romance, Aladdin will be packed full of all the magical ingredients audiences have come to expect from a Palace Panto as we tell the rags-to-riches story of a poor son of a laundress who has big dreams. When he falls in love with the Princess, he wants to do everything he can to win her heart. Will the evil Abanazar thwart the course of true love, or will Aladdin succeed with a little help from the Genie of the Lamp?
Although over 6,500 tickets have been sold already, this coming weekend is when the pantomime – pandemonium really starts; on Saturday, the cast arrive in Newark for the first time for a day of fun and frivolity. You might spot them hanging out for some photos on the steps of the theatre, doing a spot of shopping in the market, or just generally causing mayhem and hilarity everywhere they go. The Aladdin team will be in town between 11am and 1pm so come and say hi or grab a silly selfie or two and why not pop into the box office to book your tickets at the same time?
Then on Sunday (16th September), we host open auditions for the Aladdin Junior Chorus. We’re on the hunt for two teams of fantastic performers who want to share our stage with the professionals this Christmas. Registration takes place between 9.30 and 10am, before auditionees are put through their paces by Aladdin’s choreographer and dance captain. If you want to be in with a shot, you need to be aged between 9 and 16 on the first day of rehearsals and at the theatre for 9.30am on Sunday. Over 100 children auditioned in 2017 and the standard has been improving every year, so grab your dancing shoes, put your best foot forward and come and show us what you’ve got!
And with the autumn season getting underway this month too, there’s plenty more for families at the Palace before this year is over. For the little ones, Milkshake! Live returns on Sunday 30th September for two performances starring all your Milksake! favourites, including Bob the Builder, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Winnie and Wilbur and more, as well as two Milksake! presenters, and on Monday 29th October, Tabby McTat – the cat with the loudest meee-ews – is here for some half term fun as he tells a heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty for kids of all ages. For older kids, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One with a great production of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th October, or if you fancy something a little more musical, The Little Mix Experience are here on Friday 2nd November for a show packed with all of Little Mix’s hits.
Aladdin runs from 7th – 31st December and you can check out the full listings for all forthcoming shows at the Palace Theatre’s website.
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