2016: Panto - Aladdin
Photographs by:
Stuart Wineberg

by Nigel Holmes

Chairman's Note
Welcome to Aladdin, our 2016 panto.

I lived away from Chameleons for a few years and have been excited by all the innovations I have seen in our productions. A projector which allowed us to fly in “Peter Pan", computer controlled lighting producing marvellous effects such as
the moody lighting in “Dracula”, and a modular set which will allow us to be very flexible with our staging. However, in panto, our sets are brought to life by the wonderful backdrops designed by Terry James, painted with much laughter by the company and made real by Terry's amazing finishing touches.

Our audiences have grown such that we are often sold out within days of opening box office. Most importantly, we have some talented new younger members which allows us to extend the range of material we present to that lovely big audience.

Our charity this year is very close to home. We are supporting Chandlers Ford Good Neighbours which provides volunteer drivers and befrienders for those who cannot get out easily. l drive for them and meet some lovely people, but more volunteers are always needed to fulfil all the requests. If you have any spare time, please consider volunteering.

Best wishes, Sheila Hardiman - Chairman

Director’s Note
Following Chameleon Theatre Company's very successful 50th anniversary year, I am delighted to welcome you to our first production of 2016. After the success of Peter Pan two years ago. I was determined that my next pantomime to direct would be Aladdin. Little did I know, that practically every theatrical establishment in Hampshire including the Mayflower, had the same idea! This did not deter me, and I was excited to find a script which I fell in love with.

As this classic story is brought to life on our small stage, you will be entertained by all your favourite characters. Be prepared to boo and hiss at the evil Abanazar; laugh(and cringe!) at the terrible jokes of Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee. See love reunited as the Spirit of the Ring and the Genie of Lamp meet once again, but will Aladdin grant them their wish of being together forever!

I would like to welcome several new faces to the Chameleon’s stage, many of whom are in key roles. I'm sure you will agree that they, along with the rest of my talented cast, have done themselves proud. l would also like to give a massive thanks to the backstage crew front of house staff and all of the technical team who have worked tirelessly to help make this production possible.

Now it's just up to you to sit back and enjoy!

Gillian Wilkins

The Cast

Aladdin ... Lisa Dunbar
Princess Yasmine ... Kelly Maiden
Wishee Washee ... Paul Jones
Abanazar ... Matt Costen
Widow Twankey ... Dave Wilkins
Spirit Of The Ring ... Marilyn Dunbar
Genie Of The Lamp ... Mike Morris
Emperor ... Geoff Dodsworth
Zing Zong ... Emma Peacock
Vizier ... Sheila Hardiman
Police Chief ... Jennifer Prior
Policeman 1 ... Sian Hayden
Policeman 2 ... Kayleigh Fagence
Sandra Clothier, Karol Cooper, Lesley James, Jos Pieda, Sarah Phipps, Naomi Scott
Izzy Apperley, Lei-Lei Apperley, Holly Backhurst, Leah Kenny-Levik, Victoria Kimber

For The Company
Production Assistant - Norma Hester/Philippa Connell
Stage Manager - Liz Strevens
Asst. Stage Managers - Fliss Rundle
Stagehands - Roger Hester, Wayne Bradshaw, Stuart Wineberg
Properties - Andrew & Millie Lockley- Boyd
Tech. Team Leader - Lionel Elliott
Sound - Cari Laythorpe
Lighting - Rebecca Nye
Graphics - Ben Williams
Wardrobe - Diana Mills
Front of House Manager - Lorraine Biddlecombe
Programme Design & CGI - Dave Wilkins

Act 1
Scene 1... A market square in old Peking
Scene 2... A street in old Peking
Scene 3... A market square in old Peking
Scene 4... On the way to the cave
Scene 5... Inside the magic cave
Act 2
Scene 1... Widow Twankey's laundry
Scene 2... A street in old Peking
Scene 3... Aladdin's Palace
Scene 4... The palace courtyard
Scene 5... Flying to Egypt
Scene 6... A street in old Peking
Scene 7... Abanazar's Egyptian lair
Scene 8... Aladdin’s Palace
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