Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A genie, a boy, a girl and …

Disney’s ‘Aladdin, Jr.’ is a delightful romp

Express Staff Writer

    Two crazy kids rebelling against their stations in life, one a petty thief, the other, a princess. They meet over a crime, find a Genie, aid and foil the bad guy and find out what really matters.
    Company B, St. Thomas Playhouse’s Performing Arts Camp, brings the story of Aladdin and Jasmine to the stage from June 20 through June 22 with the production “Aladdin, Jr.”
    The cast will welcome all to Agrabah, “city of enchantment,” where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tale.
    The play is based on the Disney adaptation of “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp,” now a universally beloved version.
    Company B Performing Arts Day Camp is for children ages 4-13 and is sponsored by St. Thomas Playhouse. The campers, 98 local children, have been in acting, singing and dancing rotations daily under the guidance of professional performing arts instructors.
    Also included in the daily merriment of Company B are arts and craft sessions where the children embellish their lavish and colorful costumes to properly represent the Arabian Nights.
    The lobby of the Community School theater will be open around 1:15 p.m. and tickets will then be sold for the show which starts at 2 p.m.
    The story follows Aladdin, a poor beggar and thief, trying to win the love of the beautiful, independent Princess Jasmine.  
    The nefarious, cunning Grand Vizier, Jafar, and his annoying sidekick parrot Iago have evil plans to inherit the entire kingdom, including marrying Jasmine.
    When Jafar captures Aladdin and casts him into a dark cave, Aladdin discovers a magic lamp.  As he rubs the dust off of the lamp a genie appears offering him three wishes. After several madcap adventures, including magic carpet rides, Jafar’s schemes are thwarted, the genie is freed and Aladdin and Jasmine are married.
    The wonderful songs and score received Academy Awards and were written by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.  Showstoppers include “One Jump Ahead,” “Friend Like Me,” “A Whole New World” and “Prince Ali.”  
    The script is full of humor and quirks that all ages will enjoy. The entire community is invited to support the young thespians and be transported to the magical world of  Disney’s Aladdin Jr.  
    For more information, call Cherie at St. Thomas Playhouse, 726-5349, ext. 13.

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