Aladdin, last years family pantomime produced by The Riverfront and Production Exchange, has been nominated for a prestigious Great British Pantomime Award. Aladdin took place at The Riverfront, Newport from December to January, and has been nominated for the ‘Best Song Sheet’ category performed by Richard Elis.
The Great British Pantomime Awards have a judging panel of over 20 experts comprising pantomime and theatre academics, current and retired theatre performers and creatives and critics, who all have understanding, knowledge and passion for pantomime. Each award is marked against a number of criteria: the judges fill in an extensive marking sheet, on which they will detail any aspect of the show that they feel deserves recognition. The judges have scored in excess of 750 pantomimes this season and attended 200 different shows. There are only 5 spaces in each category for nominations.
The pantomime Aladdin has been nominated for the Best Song Sheet category, performed by long-standing Riverfront favourite, Richard Elis. The song sheet is one of the areas of the pantomime that gets all the audience involved in singing along and encourages everyone to take part.
Olivia Harris, Creative Producer for Newport Live and The Riverfront said; “We’re thrilled that the one and only Richard Elis has been recognised for his talents in leading the song sheet. He’s a hugely valued member of our panto team and is loved by us all here at The Riverfront and our audiences alike. I know we’ll all be rooting for him on the night of the awards, oh yes we will!”
Richard Elis was joined by a professional cast and crew at The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre and included; Liam Tobin as the Widow Twankey, the Nickcolia King-N’Da as Aladdin, Dafydd Gwyn Howells as Abanazar, the Aisha Numah as Wishee Washee, Sunny Yeo as Empress Chinn and Jazmin Hudson-Owen as Princess Jasmine.
Richard said on Twitter on hearing about his nomination; “Nice to see us all getting some recognition – I am a big believer in the team effort, makes it work for all of us! We’re only little but nice to know someone has noticed us isn’t it!”
- Following on from the success of last year’s pantomime Aladdin, this year’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty is now on sale. You can buy tickets or find out information on The Riverfront’s website at http://www.newportlive.co.uk/riverfront and via the Booking Line on 01633 656757.