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The 2018 Aladdin Pantomime Launch Party – By Molly-Tastic Treves

Hello,

As you may know last year I attended my local theatre (The Hazlitt Theatre) pantomime launch party. The pantomime last year was about Cinderella, and I was very humbled to be selected to attend the opening night performance, as well as the launch party.

So this year I got a very exciting email about attending the launch party for their new pantomime ‘Aladdin’, and I could not say no.

So this blog post is all about my experience about the launch party and some exciting cast interviews! So lets begin!

Once I arrived at the canal edge I was greeted by the crew of the theatre, and waited for the boat (yes a boat!) to pick up the interviewers, bloggers and students for the launch party. Whilst the boat was trying to dock at the river edge, the cast from the pantomime were on the boat waving and greeting everyone.

As soon as they docked the cast had a group photo in front of the boat, which was a great opportunity to get some close-up pictures! Then we all set off for the hour journey to celebrate the new pantomime.

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Once the boat had set off, we heard a speech from the manager of the theatre giving his thanks to the cast, crew, interviewers, students and brands on board the boat supplying lunch and drinks.

After he ended the speech everyone dispersed, trying to interview the cast and grabbing great photo opportunities. For me one thing was on my mind, and that was my anxiety.

Although I had done this last year, I only managed to grab a few interviews. However I was fairly determined to make the most of this amazing opportunity and get more than just a few interviews, even if that meant pushing my anxiety down the deepest, darkest hole for a solid hour. (A tip when doing interviews: take rescue remedy, it helps A LOT!)

Luckily, I had prepared notes before going, so I had my trusty notebook full of quirky and interesting questions to ask the cast. I had to say I was pleased with myself, and I was really determined to get to know the cast.

The first cast member I interviewed was Erina Lewis who plays the ‘Slave Of The Ring’, and I have to say she was a great person to start off the interviews and was very friendly, which helped my anxiety to calm the heck down.

Question One: What was the funniest moment of your carer?

Answer: I was on a bus with a friend one day, and we slept through a trailer explosion. At the time we had no idea what happened, and we were quite lucky that none of us got hurt.

Question Two: What is the most unique part of your job?

Answer: The most unique part is changing up the roles I play. Being unique is a great thing about acting.

Question Three: What is your favourite thing to do at Christmas?

Answer: My favourite thing to do at Christmas is having family time. I also like wrapping presents and pantomimes.

Question Four: If you had a magic lamp, what your three wishes be?

Answer: My first wish is for World Peace. My second wish is a new handbag. And my last wish is for three more wishes.

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The next interview I gave was with Richard Blackwood who plays The Genie. Richard was really friendly and a great guy to give questions to. And most of you might know him from playing a role in the TV show EastEnders.

Question One: What was the funniest moment of your carer?

Answer: I was on MTV and it was a live show. I had messed up some of the script to start with, and as it was live I couldn’t mess up anything else. And then at one point I hit my knee so hard I had so much pain, but for the show I needed to play it off like nothing had happened. When the show ended I passed out from so much pain.

Question Two: What is the most unique part of your job?

Answer: The most unique part of my job is entertaining the audience.

Question Three: What is your favourite thing to do at Christmas?

Answer: My favourite thing to do is opening the presents.

Question Four: If you had a magic lamp, what your three wishes be?

Answer: The first wish would be three more wishes. The next wish would be to be happy. And the last wish would be to be rich.

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The third person I interviewed was Tim Hudson AKA Widow Twankey. From listening to Tim, his carer sounded funny and very busy.

Question One: What was the funniest moment of your carer?

Answer: I was in the play ‘Hamlet’ and in the play Hamlet’s father tells him to avenge his death. So the actors swore and the front row of the audience was shocked and it made them jump.

Question Two: What is the most unique part of your job?

Answer: I would say the variety of shows and places you go to.

Question Three: What is your favourite thing to do at Christmas?

Answer: My favourite thing about Christmas is Christmas Day. I like seeing the kids open their presents and watching the Queens speech, but unfortunately I the only one who watches it. (We both laughed about this)

Question Four: If you had a magic lamp, what your three wishes be?

Answer: My wish is to have three people to attend a dinner party with me. They would be: Elvis Presley, King Richard and Laurence Olivier.

After I finished these interviews I talked more with the cast casually and took some pictures of them in and around the boat. This is one of the nicest things about the cast and crew. They are all so friendly and don’t mind if you have an extra question or you want a small picture with them right at the last-minute.

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After all the lovely interviews and pictures we docked and left the launch party. I have to say a huge thank you to the Hazlitt Theatre for inviting me it was one of the most memorable experiences this year. And a big thank you to the cast who were super friendly and lovely towards me and my interviews, I can’t tell you how much that means.

Molly-Tastic Treves

‘Aladdin’ is running from the 1st to 31st of December 2018 at the Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone. You can buy tickets at here

One comment on “The 2018 Aladdin Pantomime Launch Party – By Molly-Tastic Treves

  1. Mary Ede
    22/11/2018

    Great interviews and fantastic photos Molly xx

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