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Wexford Pantomime Society gearing up to enchant audiences with a production of Aladdin at the National Opera House

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After being forced to abandon last year’s production of Aladdin mid-rehearsals due to Covid, Wexford Pantomime Society are back and getting ready to entertain audiences in their new home of the National Opera House.

he all-singing, all-dancing Aladdin pantomime featuring a cast, chorus and choir of over 120 local performers of all ages under the watchful eye of writer and director Thomas O’Leary, musical director Yvette Walsh and choreographer Suzanne O’Leary, will run in the opera venue from January 18 to 22.

The adventure follows Aladdin (Michael McKenny) and his best friend Bish Bosh (Mick Farrell), along with his Mammy the Widow Twankey (Linda Hynes) and little sister’s Wishy and Washy (Jeanette Sidney Kelly and Majella Londra) on a mission to get rick quick and win the hand of the beautiful Princess Jasmine (Niamh Cullen).

But Aladdin has to watch out as the evil Abanazar (Stephen Byrne) wants to get his hands on “The Mystical Lamp of Salsabar” and control Omar (Neal O’Leary) the magical all-powerful Genie inside.

Aladdin, Jasmine, the wacky Widow Twankey and a host of costumed characters will appear in Wexford town on Saturday, November 26 for the switching on of the Christmas lights as they join Santa Claus and Wexford Winterland in officially launching the festive season with a parade along the Main Street and onto Wexford quayfront.

Booking is now open for the Aladdin pantomime – visit www.nationaloperahouse.ie or telephone 053 91 22400. Any tickets booked for last year’s canceled show will be honored this year.

“We had to halt the production last year just before Christmas due to Covid and we are very excited to be back”, said Society PRO Stephen Byrne. This will be our first production in the National Opera House and we would like to remind people of that.”

Dun Mhuire Theater in South Main Street was the traditional home of Wexford Pantomime Society for many years but the parish-owned venue closed down after Wexford County Council agreed to purchase it to facilitate the redevelopment of the area.

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