Panto fun in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 February 2013

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves pantomime in rehearsal at Honiton Community College. Pictured are Dave Pickerell, Vicky Halse, Barry Simmonds, Ryan Wilkes, Bob Groves, Faith Foster, Olivia Daly and Sophie Witherington. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 2875-05-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves pantomime in rehearsal at Honiton Community College. Pictured are Dave Pickerell, Vicky Halse, Barry Simmonds, Ryan Wilkes, Bob Groves, Faith Foster, Olivia Daly and Sophie Witherington. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 2875-05-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves come to town.

A fabulous night of pantomime fun was had by all as the exotic landscapes of Cairo were brought to life in Honiton.

Honiton Pantomime Society’s latest production of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, by Norman Robbins, went down a storm with audiences both young and old who packed into the hall at Honiton Community College.

The show followed Ali Baba (Rob Grove), who was a wood cutter down on his luck and over shadowed by his richer brother, Kassim Baba (Dave Pickerell), and his wife, Rhum Baba (Tracey Bonetta).

However, his luck soon changed and he came across a treasure trove of gold in a magic cave – the only problem was, he soon came to the attention of the infamous Al Raschid (Shaun Bonetta) and his Forty Thieves.

Along the way, the audience met colourful characters Tinbad the tailor (Ryan Wilkes) and love struck couple Haroun (Vicky Halse) and Marsaina (Beth Hibbert), as well as Al Raschid’s evil henchman Achmed the ’orrible (Lisa Campbell).

Good and evil did battle as the good fairy Morgana (Emily Miller) and her evil emissary Avarice (Sally Cregan) tried to influence Ali Baba’s fate.

Barry Simmonds stole the show as the loveable dame Cascara, with a wonderfully unique wardrobe of clothes that would rival that of any fashionista – even Victoria Beckham.

Worldwide dance phenomenon Gangnam Style was also given a Forty Thieves makeover.

There was a great variety of dance performances and musical tunes including Abba’s Money, Money, Money and even Cats’ classic Memories, together with bright and colourful sets and costumes.

Cheeky duo Hanki Panki (Lou Pottinger) and Jiggeri Pokeri (Ben Mason) injected plenty of laughs during the evening and also transformed some members of the audience into superheroes for a special interactive musical dance number.

This year door collections are in aid of Help for Heroes in memory of the society’s founding member, Patrick Allen.


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