Denaby Society’s Second Pantomime – “Aladdin” (picture)

January 1956

South Yorkshire Times January 7, 1956

“Aladdin” will be Denaby Society’s Second Pantomime

Following up their splendid performance in the pantomime, “Cinderella,” last season, Denaby and district Operatic and Dramatic Society are now busily engaged in rehearsals for their second pantomime, “Aladdin,” which will be presented in the Bath’s Hall, Denaby, commencing Tuesday, January 24.

Owing to stress of work this year, Lynette Chapple, who produced a la show, is devoting her time to the musical side of the presentation and has co-opted the services of Mr Alfred H Barnes, of Bolton on Dearne as producer. Mr Barnes is well-known throughout this area for the magnificent pantomimes he has produced at Goldthorpe Welfare Hall and Wath Majestic Cinema.

Mr Barnes is a past master in the art of presenting spectacle and entrancing lighting effects.

Abundant Talent

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The Denaby Society is an abundance of talent and an exceptionally strong course comprises some of the finest principles to be found locally. The principal boy, Aladdin, will be Muriel Brookes (opposite) , who has considerable stage experience and is an accomplished actress. She also possesses a beautiful soprano voice and her singing is certain to be appreciated.

The principal girl will be Yvonne Owen, who, though only in her teens, has charm and confidence coupled with a good singing voice. Doris Clarke will play the part of Pekoe and will be partnered by Iris Harrison, as So Shi. Fred Walker had been cast as the Emperor and the rubbing of the magic lamp will bring forth the slave of the lamp in the person of Fred Thompson.

Light Comedian

Peter Barnes, now 17, has developed into a lively light comedian will have ample scope as Idle Suey and in Gillian Jones (Wishee-Washee) he has a partner of high merit. The chief phone maker will be the producer as Widow Twankey and the role of Abanazar will be filled by Alan Brookes.

As the crafty magician, Mr Brooks, a fine character actor, will have conjuring tricks which will mystify both young and old

Dancing Ensembles

In charge of the dancing ensembles will be the highly talented Denaby dancer, Eric Smith, whose wide experience include principal dancing lead in the open-air theatre at Scarborough stop the large cast will be completed by Ruth Willis (Fairy Tinkle bell) and Roberta Willis (Bluebird)

Speciality scenes using ultraviolet rays and fluorescent lighting have been arranged.