Aladdin Cast Out And About

Fairy-tales and fun were guaranteed (oh yes they were) as one of the stars of this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal panto took a break from the stage for some story-telling.

Kiera-Nicole Brennan, who plays the Genie in Aladdin, was guest of honour at a special reading-session in the Early Years Children’s Library in Norwich.

She told the story of Aladdin to a wide-eyed audience of youngsters and their parents before a meet-and-greet too.

Kiera-Nicole, best known as one of the presenters of Channel Five’s Milkshake, had a great time too. She said: “It was amazing. The children really loved it. They were really concentrating hard which I wasn’t expecting as they were really young They were amazing. I would love to come back and do this again.”

She laughed: “Lots of them wanted high-fives, hugs and pictures after the story. Even the mums!”

Children’s Community Librarian Adam McGee said it was a fantastic event. He said: “We are always really grateful that the theatre brings over one of its panto stars. The thing I like about it the most is that the adults enjoy it just as much as the children. Kiera-Nicole was brilliant and everyone had a fantastic time.”

Hear the beginning of the storytelling:

Meanwhile pupils at Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School in Norwich had a special guest teacher when one of the stars of the Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime dropped in for some special dance and drama sessions.

Ensemble member Luke Cartledge donned his policeman costume to teach pupils some of the routines from this year’s production of Aladdin.

After some games and a warm-up, they were put through their paces in the school hall learning some dances and having lots of fun.

The pupils had a great time. Year Two pupil Ruby said: “It was brilliant and I could not believe it. It was amazing.” School-mate Finlay, seven, added: “It was really nice to have the visitor from the panto. It was a really funny lesson.”

Meanwhile panto performer Luke said all the pupils enjoyed themselves and were looking forward to seeing the pantomime before the end of the run on January 13. He said: “The pupils were fantastic. It all went really well and they just cannot wait to come and see Aladdin, boo at the baddie and cheer for the Genie.”

Members of the cast also held a meet and greet with East Anglian Children’s Hospice in Quidenham. Families and children got the chance to meet the characters, before seeing them perform in Aladdin!