Hucknall's Lovelace troupe create a splash on stage for Aladdin and The Little Mermaid

From left, Richard Sparks, James McBride, Emily Giles and Rebecca Mitchell.
From left, Richard Sparks, James McBride, Emily Giles and Rebecca Mitchell.

It seemed a strange combination to mix two great stories into one but that's exactly what Hucknall's Lovelace Theatre Group did for this year's pantomime extravaganza.

Aladdin and The Little Mermaid became a tale of two halves as the traditional tale of the Arabian boy dived , literally, into the world of Ariel and all her under the sea friends.

The cast of Lovelace is primarily a very young bunch of actors and singers who managed to create a show that was filled to capacity with song, frivolity and fun.

For an amateur show the costumes were excellent creating a bright background and colours that brought sunshine and rainbows to the stage that matched the smiles from the cast of young dancers.

There were some performances that stood out for me including the many sides of Stir and Fry that brought laughs a-plenty from Ed Turner and Jacob Hunt-Wheatley as well as Daniel Knight's Spirit of the Ring.

Some parts worked tremendously well and the Under The Sea scene with flourescent creatures was a real show-stopper that the audience were still talking about as they left the theatre.

Overall another fabulous family-led panto that made us all feel bouyant.