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Crowland Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) are performing Aladdin at their big return in February

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Performers’ wishes are coming true as they kick-start rehearsals ahead of their grand return.

The genie’s magic lamp has worked wonders for Crowland Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS), which will be taking for the stage for the first time in two years when it performs Aladdin in early 2022.

Auditions for principle characters and chorus members took place throughout the past couple of weeks, with the cast now fully assembled.

CADS are looking forward to their Aladdin performances in February
CADS are looking forward to their Aladdin performances in February

John Munton, who is currently the chair of CADS and was a founding member in 1979, says the group can’t wait to get back to doing what they do best.

“We weren’t able to do a pantomime last year because of Covid, so we really want the whole of Crowland to get behind us. Let’s have three sell-out performances,” he said.

“That would be absolutely wonderful.”

CADS will perform three shows over February 11 and 12 at South View Community Primary School in Crowland - which is also the site of their rehearsals, which started up last week.

With more than 50 people working on the pantomime, ranging from actors to backstage staff and producers, Mr Munton says there will be a little something for everybody.

“We’re going at it as hard as we ever did, so we’re really excited,” he said.

“The producers of the show are looking to give a show for everybody, or all age groups.

“That’s from the smallest child up to the oldest member. We sometimes get people in their 90s coming to watch the show.

“There’s something for all of them, and we make it as exciting and professional as we possibly can.

“We can’t wait.”

Like others throughout the theatre industry, CADS has struggled because of restrictions throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Having been unable to perform, Mr Munton believes this has been particularly challenging for young members.

However, more than 20 of them from the town have joined up for their Aladdin showings.

“They’re a big important part, because some of them stay with it for all their lives and then their children are in it,” he said.

“That’s how it’s been for a while.

“I’ve been doing this since the society was formed, and I’m very privileged to have won the part of playing Widow Twankey this year.

“It’s great fun, and it’s a great community thing.”

Since its formation, CADS has traditionally performed a pantomime every year - with the sole exception up until the pandemic being when South View underwent renovations.

The group has been nominated for various awards with The National Operatic and Dramatic Association - and was even crowned the best pantomime one year.

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