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Nov. 29, 2012—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—The Moose Jaw Cultural Centre in Moose Jaw, Sask., is proud to present Aladdin for eight shows from Dec. 27-30, 2012, in the Mae Wilson Theatre.
The production is a magical show of music and comedy for the whole family. It’s a unique telling of the age-old tale of romance and adventure featuring a professional cast and impressive sets and costumes.
Following the success of Cinderella last December, the Cultural Centre decided to bring another holiday “panto” to the Mae Wilson Theatre.
A panto, short for pantomime, is a type of British theatre traditionally performed between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It’s not mime, in fact it’s exactly the opposite! Audience participation is encouraged by booing the villain and cheering the hero. It’s wacky, it’s loud, it’s great holiday family fun!
Aladdin is one of the oldest holiday pantos, having being performed in London, England, more than 200 years ago. The ancient tale of Aladdin on which the panto is based originated in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, and in the pantomime version it is set in China. The pantomime tells the story of Aladdin, son of a poor widow in Peking.
The Cultural Centre is pleased to welcome back Cinderella’s director, Trudy Moffatt of Diversified productions, to direct Aladdin. Diversified Productions in Toronto specializes in staging large-scale events such as holiday pantos.
All six cast members are professional theatre performers currently or originally from Saskatchewan.
Three Cinderella cast members are returning to star in Aladdin: Daniel Falk, Leon Willey and Brad McDougall. New cast members are Stella Salido Porter (lives in Moose Jaw), Duff MacDonald and Kevin Pow-er.
Students from the Doris Sitter School of Dance in Moose Jaw, participants in last year’s Cinderella, also return to dance and sing in Aladdin. Local artist Krista Konkin is also helping with this years panto rehearsing the students and teaching the choreography, all in preparation for Aladdin this Christmas season.
The shows also feature professionally designed sets and costumes.
Aladdin runs for eight shows from Dec. 27-30, 2012, in the Mae Wilson Theatre at the Moose Jaw cultural Centre, 217 Main St. N., Moose Jaw, Sask. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors and $15 for children 12 and under (plus taxes and charges) and are available at the Cultural Centre box office or online at http://www.moosejawculture.com (there is an extra charge for ordering tickets online). Showtimes are Dec. 27 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 28 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 29 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 30 at 2 and 6 p.m.
The Moose Jaw Cultural Centre presents
holiday fun for the whole family with Aladdin!

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