LOVE, laundry and magic. That’s how Kirkheaton Players describe their production of Aladdin which opens, perhaps appropriately given the romance at the heart of the story, on Valentine’s Day.
The show, which runs at the Old School Hall for three evening performances at 7.30pm plus a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm, includes several family groups.
Central to the success of the production are three members of the Briggs family from Waterloo; brother and sister team Stephanie and Alun, both primary school teachers, and dad Trevor, a retired local teacher.
With Stephanie in the lead as Aladdin, Alun as comic layabout Wishee Washee and Trevor as Emperor Koh-ko the show’s director, Nigel Codman, is hoping that this trio don’t catch any of the numerous bugs doing the rounds at the moment!
That applies too to all the other family teams in the show. That’s Nigel, who is playing Widow Twankee, and his youngest daughter Sophie, who is the Genie of the Lamp; husband and wife team Neil and Gill Jolly, from Lepton, who play Wozi the Wazir and the Empress Soh-So; plus eight-year-old Megan Wright – the youngest member of the cast – playing The Slave of the Ring, and her dad, Andy, who is in charge of the music for the production.
Another husband and wife team, Dave and Jo Sykes, have spent many hours ensuring that the spectacular special effects, custom-built stage and scenery and special sound effects all help to make this a show to remember.
Tickets are £4 (adults) and £2 (children and concessions) from the parish office on 01484 531449.
Alternatively, people can email office@kirkheaton church.org