Review: KD Theatre’s Aladdin at the Commemoration Hall in Huntingdon

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The costumes were truly amazing, the ad-libs and set pieces were hysterical, and the stage sets, choreography and dance routines were all pure class. I took my nine-year-old granddaughter, Chloe, to see the show on December 16 and she was buzzing all the way home.

Friday’s performance was almost the end of the run for the team, but it certainly did not lack energy or enthusiasm. I was really impressed that some of the cast took the time to stand in the foyer after the performance and pose for photographs with members of the audience. A photograph with Aladdin (Jordan Veloso) and Widow Twanky (Terry Gauci) and a chat with Abanazar (Terry Burns), complete with tips on how to be a ‘good’ baddie, completed what had already been a perfect evening.

Once again, Terry Gauci and his amazing costumes stole the show. His scripted lines and routines were funny, but his ability to ad-lib and create a rapport with his audience were even funnier. His comedy partnership with Matthew Whitby, who played Wishee Washee, was effortless and the pair are able to bounce off each other with ease and exploit every opportunity to throw something extra in for the audience.

Terry Burns was a superb baddie and I was not surprised to learn that with that wonderful deep classical voice he adds voice-over work to his list of credits.

Jack Everson (The Genie) owned the stage each time the lamp was rubbed and he was summoned to appear. And the less clothes he wore the more he seemed to enjoy himself.

KD’s writer and director, Daniel Bell, and choreographer, Katherine Hickmott, have produced a magical formula where time honoured pantomime tradition, current jokes (so much mileage in Donald Trump) and audience participation all interlock to provide a professional show that can compete with any of those currently showing at the surrounding, larger, theatre venues.

The behind-the-scenes team, live music and lighting all deserve a mention, as do the dancers (loved the skeleton routine) and the beautiful voice of Hannah Shaw, who played the princess. And last, but not least, those amazing costumes, especially Widow Twanky’s and the dress and head-dress worn by The Empress.

Can’t wait for the next one!