A GOOD panto has become an unmissable part of my Christmas celebrations.

And this year I chose to go along to the Thwaites Empire Theatre to see Aladdin with my four-year-old daughter.

This production has it all – a strong cast, amazing sets, audience interactions and up-to-the-minute music that will get your toes tapping.

Aladdin, played by Stacey Coleman, stole the show with her stunning voice, good looks and acting skills as she charmed the audience.

And the evil Abanazar, played by Kivan Dene of Emmerdale fame, was an entertaining character.

His Elvis-style performance provided a twist on the traditional role, and his Blackburn v Burnley jokes made the crowd chuckle.

Wishee Washy, played by Mike Carnell, entertained the audience while Widow Twanky, played by Ian Fox, was amazing. With the extravagant costume you'd expect from a dame, I was impressed with 'her' strong singing voice and acting skills.

The gymnastic capabilities of the Fairy of the Ring was breathtaking as she performed moves you'd expect to see during the Olympics.

And CBBC watchers will have spotted presenter Nisha Anil playing the beautiful Princess Jasmine.

The young dancers, from the Bernese School of Dance and Drama, the Zoe Taylor Dance Academy, Blackburn Youth Theatre and Highfield School of Dancing, were a treat for the eye.

The sets, including a flying magic carpet, provided a great backdrop to the colourful production.

And the costumes were dazzling. If you're looking for a pantomime this Christmas, then make your way to Thwaites Empire Theatre.

  •  The production runs until January 4. Details from 01254 685500.