Oh Yes He Is! Panto veteran Alan Montanaro is back

MADC’s festive panto Aladdin will see Alan Montanaro return as scriptwriter and hilariously colourful Dame.

Photo credit: Sebio Aquilina

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Malta’s longest-running theatre company, the MADC, will once again stage its ever-popular pantomime this coming festive season – with panto veteran Alan Montanaro back with a bang and a flourish and some wildly extravagant outfits.

Montanaro has not only penned the script for this year’s offering – the fantastical Arabian Nights spectacular Aladdin – but he also returns to the stage in the show as the larger-than-life panto Dame.

Photo credit: Sebio Aquilina

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Alan back to panto this year with Aladdin,” says the show’s director, Michael Mangion. “With his many years of panto experience and, of course, his trademark comedic flair, Alan is sure to help make Aladdin the side-splittingly funny and magical adventure that we’ve all come to expect from MADC’s annual pantos.”

Montanaro has indeed penned a family-friendly escapade that promises to take the audience on an enchanted trip to the Orient, with lighting, stage sets and effects sure to take the breath away. The story follows the poor young Aladdin as he goes on an intricate journey involving spirits and genies, magic rings and lamps, wishes and wonder, with, of course, plenty of exciting music, dancing, drama, and fun.

Joining Montanaro on stage in the stellar production will be a cast of more than 30 actors and dancers, including Stephen Oliver, John Montanaro, Alexander Gatesy Lewis, Jasmine Farrugia, Noel Zarb, Joseph Pavia, Karl Bartolo and Matthew Manfre. While fellow panto stalwart – and former Dame – Michael Mangion will be directing, the show will be choreographed by Francesco Nicodeme, with musical director Ryan Abela, and lavish costumes designed by Isabel Warrington.

There are limited shows so book early.

MADC’s Aladdin will be performed at the MFCC, Ta’ Qali on the 23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th December 2019 and 3rd and 4th January 2020 at 7.30 pm, with matinee performances at 3.00 pm on the 26th, 28th, 29th December 2019 and 4th January 2020.

Tickets and more information are available online on the MADC’s website.

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