WINCHESTER – A magical adventure befalls Aladdin when he begins to believe that there is more to life than washing dirty socks in the Twankey laundry facility.

With the help of a bigheaded Genie of the Lamp and a Ring Genie, Jennie, who happens to think she works in a call centre, Aladdin takes on evil Abanazar.

Set in the mysterious East, this gender-bending fairy tale breaks the fourth wall, erupts with spontaneous song and dance, and constantly surprises with its over-the-top characters.

An extensive and eclectic all-star cast, including North Dundas Deputy-Mayor, Al Armstrong, a village doctor and hospital administrator, and a gang of lovable dancers pay tribute to Aladdin, the classic folk tale of Middle Eastern origin.

The riotous mix of comedy, choreography and special effects, supported by a script bursting with local colour, all contribute to the British Pantomime style of the performance.

Pantomime is a peculiarly British tradition of winter musical comedy theatre. It takes a familiar tale, like Aladdin, and injects a bit of British Vaudeville style comedy, contemporary references, and audience participation. The result is a raucous magic carpet ride that is both child pleasing, yet contains enough sly references to entertain grown-ups as well.

The Dundas County Players are set to stage Aladdin – Adventures in the East the week of the North Dundas Parade of Lights (Thurs., Dec. 5 to Sun., Dec. 8) at the Old Town Hall.

Stage times are set for 7:30 pm (Dec. 5 and Fri. Dec. 6) and 2 pm (Sat., Dec. 7 and Dec. 8).

Tickets are $20 for adults, or $10 for youth under 18. Passes can be purchased in person at The Planted Arrow Flowers and Gifts in Winchester or Chesterville’s Victoria Street Cafe, online at www.dcplayers.ca, or on the DCP ticket line (613-297-0097).