Published: 19/03/2014 16:18 - Updated: 18/03/2014 16:32

Panto preparations already under way at Eden Court

IT may only be March, but preparations are already under way for Eden Court’s family pantomime, Aladdin, which flies into the venue from Tuesday 2nd December 2014.

Imagine Theatre will once again be producing, marking their sixth year at the Inverness theatre, and are confident that this year’s production will be just as spectacular as last year’s version of Sleeping Beauty.

"Many people know the Disney version of the story of Aladdin, but the pantomime is quite different," Imagine Theatre’s managing director Steve Boden said.

"In the pantomime, Aladdin is still a poor boy who dreams of becoming rich and marrying the beautiful Princess and he finds a magical lamp with a genie who can grant him three wishes; however, the rest of the story and characters are quite different.

"No pantomime would be complete without a Dame and in Aladdin that Dame is the indomitable Widow Twankey, Aladdin’s mother who runs the laundry along with her other son, the hapless Wishee Washee. I won’t give too much more away, but I can promise a fabulous flying carpet!

"Back in head office work is already happening on set, costumes, script and casting — panto may be for just for Christmas for a lot of people but for us panto is all year round."

Once again Eden Court and Imagine Theatre will be offering local children the opportunity to appear in the show in the junior chorus. Auditions for these will be held on Sunday 24th August at Eden Court and more information can be found on www.imaginetheatre.co.uk

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