Role reversal for pantomime stars

Left to right, in rehearsals for Heanor Musical Theatre's production of Aladdin, are Linda Hardy (director), Mark Pike, Trish Church. Kim Harris, Julia Harris andf Brett Waller.''Photo by Dee Macie Photography

Left to right, in rehearsals for Heanor Musical Theatre's production of Aladdin, are Linda Hardy (director), Mark Pike, Trish Church. Kim Harris, Julia Harris andf Brett Waller.''Photo by Dee Macie Photography

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Rehearsals are in full swing for Heanor Musical Theatre Company’s pantomime and two of the stars are experiencing a role reversal.

The company is presenting Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp in February. Kim Harris puts on a dress to become Widow Twankey and his wife Julia wears the trousers to become Aladdin. The couple live in Smalley.

Kim, who is chairman of the company, says he and Julia are really looking forward to the fun show, and he is trying to keep to his macho role at home.

“Our free time seems to be spent in learning lines but as this is the first panto for the company, we think it will specially appeal to families and help them to recover from the post-Christmas blues. It will also provide a nice half-term holiday treat at a modest cost.”

The panto is being performed at Heanor Gate Science College from February 18-22 at 7.15pm.

Tickets will go on sale shortly.

The box office number is 07472 003 095. All tickets are £6 on the Tuesday evening and for the rest of the week the full price is £9 with £8 for concessions.

The director is Linda Hardy, who runs a dance school in Heanor. Linda has directed and choreographed many shows for the company, previously known as Heanor Operatic Society and which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.

Aladdin is the first panto she has directed and she is looking forward to the challenge. “It will have lots of audience participation and be very traditional, packed with humour and fun. The music will mainly be recent pop songs which children and their parents will know.”

Other principal parts will be taken by: Brett Waller of Heanor (Wishee Washee); Mark Pike of Sutton in Ashfield (Abanazar); Debbie Twells of Ilkeston (The Empress of China); Amy Booth of Langley Mill (Princess So-Shi); Brett Hart of Ilkeston (Pc Ping); Paddy Stanley of Heanor (Pc Pong); Josh Waldron of Heanor (The Genie of the Lamp); and Trish Church of Oakwood (The Slave of The Ring).

Visit the website for more information on www.heanormusicaltheatre.com