Ottery twist to the tale of Aladdin set to thrill

PUBLISHED: 15:44 05 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:07 17 June 2010

WITH 2008 firmly 'behind you' , Ottery is set for its traditional spell of unique New Year pantomime fun.

WITH 2008 firmly 'behind you', Ottery is set for its traditional spell of unique New Year pantomime fun.

This year's production from the town's Community Theatre, 'A Lad in Ottery', will begin a four-day stint at The Institute in Broad Street next Wednesday, January 14.

The show tells the traditional tale of Aladdin with quintessential Ottery twist thanks to a multitude of local cast and crew with an age range of seven to 80.

The tale has been penned by 15 year-old King's School student Alex Davies and also boasts a young lighting team as well as an entire family and several spirited victims of October's floods who have insisted the show must go on.

Tilley Vanstone takes the role of Principal Boy, her father Trevor is the Dame and her mother Jayne is the Fairy Godmother.

Director Gillian Coley said: "It is the tale of Laddie, a penniless son of Dame Ofya Trolley, who is offered his heart's desire -the hand in marriage of Princess Jazzberry- if he retrieves the Golden Lottery Ticket from the Supermarket of Wonders- a very topical issue.

"Inside the Golden Lottery Ticket resides the Genie who can make wishes come true. But whose wishes will the Genie grant?"

"There is still a lot to do, the cast got Christmas Day off but I have told them to practise their lines every day. The back stage crew have been beavering away but the hard work will pay off."

Pre-production work for the pantomime was nearly dealt a major blow in October as the group's new storage facility in Cadhay was flooded.

Gillian added: "fortunately the larger stuff hadn't been moved, and nor were any of the costumes, otherwise we would have suffered great losses, instead we have only lost a few bits of useful wood."

Well known Ottregians Claire Luxton, Laurie Palmer, and Peter Giles have all been handed parts along with Alex and Robyn Davies, Jak Edwards, Emily Light, Sandra Loveday, Vicky Pardey, Rachel Tuckett, Kathy Ward and Mark Dobinson. A small chorus of children will also lend a hand.

Tickets are available for Stagestruck in Broad Street on (01404) 811311. Performances are at 7.30pm and a matinee show will take place on Saturday, January 17 at 2.20pm.

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