Role swapping pantomime with a mother playing son and a son playing mother in Linton

Lorenzo as Twankey

Lorenzo as Twankey - Credit: Archant

Pantomimes always have a twist because men dress as women and the principal boy is a girl, but in Aladdin at Linton Village College, a son will play his mother and his mother will play her son.

Swapping real-life roles are Lorenzo Zambrana, aged 16, who is playing the dame, Widow Twankey and his mum Tracey who will play Twankey’s hapless son Wishey Washey.

And it doesn’t stop there, Lorenzo has written the panto, he has directed it and he auditioned the cast. It’s a family and community affair. Tracey (aka Wishey Washey) is also the producer, Lorenzo’s grandmother, Joyce Roberts and neighbour Doreen Taylor have made the costumes and the tech crew will be students from Linton Village College where Lorenzo was a former pupil. He is now studying drama, graphic design and media at Long Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge.

All proceeds will go to EACH, The East Anglian Children’s Hospice in Milton.

Lorenzo, who has been a magician and actor since he was aged five, and spent part of his childhood in Spain, said: “It’s terrible to lose a child and it must hurt particularly at Christmas. Pantomimes are for children so we thought it would be good to raise money for the hospice.”

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Lorenzo cast the show on-line, inviting actors, dancers and singers to send in their show-reels. They have come from across Essex and Cambridgeshire. There are nine character roles and an ensemble of six.

There will be three performances of the show on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11 at 3pm and 7pm on the Saturday and 3pm on the Sunday. Tickets are £7 adults and £5 children from or 01223 891790 or on the door.

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