Swaffham and District Amateur Dramatic Society confirmed today that this year’s performance of Aladdin will go ahead as planned, despite last Thursday’s crossbow rampage by Wishee Washee which left eleven people dead.
“There is no way we’re letting the kids down,” confirmed Keith
Pinnock, who is looking forward to bringing his signature Widow Twanky to the town’s Empire Theatre for a fourth triumphant year.
Ticket sales have remained buoyant despite the recent carnage. “There was a bit of a dip over the weekend when the box office staff were tied up hosing gore off the proscenium arch, but things seem to be picking up again now,” Pinnock reassured reporters.
“The understudies have been great – at least, the surviving ones have. At first Hector Junes was superstitious about taking over the Wishee Washee role, given his predecessor’s actions, but my goodness, we just gave a laundry list to our costume manager and she was an absolute trouper, getting onto those bloodstains the moment she was released from hospital. Hector’s thrilled!”
Pinnock confirmed that other changes would have to be made to the programme. “Looks like the Genie of the Lamp’s going to have to work his magic from an enchanted wheelchair, unfortunately. And some local kids are stepping in to play Shrub One, Shrub Two and Shrub Three as the original Shrubbery we had lined up was mown down in the hail of crossbow bolts. We should get their Equity cards sorted out in plenty of time for curtain-up.
“The show must go on,” Pinnock twinkled. “Lets just hope no more of us corpse!”