Magic Carpet Comes to Town!

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It’s that time of year again, oh no it isn’t (sorry had to include that somewhere!). Seriously though, the pantomime season is in full swing and here at Monks Abbey we’re getting prepared for a visit to New Theatre Royal for our very own magic carpet adventure. This year we are going to see the spectacular Aladdin for some classic panto action,

Pantomime is thought to have originated in Italy in the 16th century; the traditions of panto are thought to come from the Italian ‘Commedia Dell’ Arte. The actual word Pantomimie means ‘a form of entertainment’ generally performed during the Christmas season. Across the country, there are some fantastic productions to go and see, like Peter Pan, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs, Babes in the Wood and Jack & The Beanstalk. The YJA team asked Suzanne what she thought about Pantomime, she told the newsroom: “I think panto is really really exciting, and when I go I never get bored and always look forward to eating lots of ice cream at the interval!”

X-Factor meets Gogglebox! Andy Abraham and Sandi Bogle

Aladdin & Jasmine

This year the stage is set to welcome Aladdin, who is played by Alessandro Lubrano and other recognisable cast members are Princess Jasmine played by, Anna Hannides, the evil Abanazar is played by Ian Crowe and, of course, the loveable Genie in the Lamp is played former X-Factor star Andy Abraham.

The story of Aladdin (for those of you who have not seen the awesome Disney film!) revolves around Aladdin, the poor Chinese boy who gets tricked by an evil sorcerer who tries to get Aladdin to retrieve an old lamp with magical powers.

This year The Young Journalist Academy has been lucky enough to get backstage passes and interview all the cast and crew of the show and hopefully find out a little bit more about their jobs and their careers.

Talking about interviewing the crew on Thursday, Konrad from YJA said, “I’m a bit nervous because this will be my first time interviewing someone famous!”

Monks Abbey Newsroom

Year 4 Newsteam – Konrad, Suzanne, Alicia, Ejiro, Skye, Jaden, Elizabeth,