Take one old lamp, a flying carpet, an evil magician, a genie with attitude and a mad washerwoman.
Mix thoroughly and what have you got?
These are just some of the ingredients in Aladdin, this year’s hilarious and spectacular helping of seasonal fare at the Gaiety.
Cheer on our hero Aladdin, hapless son of the daft Widow Twankey, as he battles the evil Abanazer
and tries to make an impression on the feisty Princess Jade.
This Christmas feast of family fun will take place at the Gaiety Theatre, the home of traditional pantomimes since 1873,just about as old as Aladdin’s lamp!
Aladdin previews on the 3rd December,
opens on the 7th and will complete a total of 95 performances on the 4th February 2001.
Independent theatre producer and director, Michael Scott, will direct this year’s pantomime.
Michael has been Theatre Director of the Project Arts Centre,
Programme Director of the Dublin Theatre Festival and Director of the Tivoli Theatre.
Currently he is Artistic Director of the SFX City Theatre,
his credits include numerous theatre and musical productions.
Produced by John Costigan
Directed by Michael Scott
Musical Director Peter Beckett
Choreographer Daryn Crosbie
THE SULTANA Barbara Brennan,
recent productions include, Down the Line at the Peacock and Salomé at the Gate.
ABANAZER Cormac Costello,
made his professional debut in The Man from Clare. This is his first pantomime.
THE GENIE Andre Edmonds,
actress and dancer has featured in Gaiety pantomimes, Mother Goose and Cinderella.
WIDOW TWANKEY Michael Grennell,last seen in the Gaiety’s hugely successful pantomime, Cinderella, in 1998.
HOW-HI Mark O’Regan,
star of Upwardly Mobile on RTE and the soon to be screened Bad Day at Blackrock, directed by Gerry Stembridge.
This is Mark’s first pantomime.
ALADDIN Alan Smyth,
the former Fair City actor is just back from filming The Crooked Mile in Jersey.
PRINCESS JADE Ruth Melody,
was plucked from the bevy of young hopefuls who auditioned for the role of the Princess Jade
on Friday, 15th September, at the Gaiety Theatre.
Ruth, who hails from Raheny, has been a member of the Billie Barry Stage School for 14 years
and has played the part of one of the orphans in the production of Annie in the Olympia Theatre.
This is her first major role in a professional production
WISHEE WASHEE Richie Hayes,
from Waterford, has numerous musical drama and comedy roles to his credit.