The cast has been chosen and rehearsals will soon be underway with performances for the public of the musical “Aladdin Junior” to be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12 in the Blossburg Auditorium located next door to the Blossburg Elementary School at 133 Hannibal St.
Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2, 81 third through ninth graders from Wellsboro Area and Southern Tioga school district communities began preparing for the show during Hamilton-Gibson’s Winter Theatre Arts Camp in the Blossburg Auditorium.
Rehearsals were scheduled for after school until 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 4, and then from Monday, Jan. 7 through Thursday, Jan. 10 as well as from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Jan. 5. All campers are being taught choreography, how to project their voices when speaking and singing and how to create a character, all while having fun.
“Aladdin Junior” is a one-act, eleven-scene theatrical musical adapted from the 1992 Walt Disney Animation Studio’s film “Aladdin.” Based on the animated film and hit Broadway show, Disney’s “Aladdin Junior” is filled with magic, mayhem, flying carpet rides and songs like “A Whole New World,” “Friend Like Me” and others from the Academy Award-winning score.
When street urchin Aladdin falls for the strong-willed Princess Jasmine, he gets help from a fun-loving Genie to outsmart the wicked Jafar and win her hand. “The music and story are delightful,” said Thomas Putnam who is directing the production. “There is lots of humor,” he added.
Nineteen students have speaking roles in the production. They are Noah Vickery as Aladdin; Regan Regina as Jasmine; Gunnar Bowen as Jafar; Asher York as Iago; Amy Feaster as Genie; Aladdin’s friends – River Moyer as Kassim, Stephen Ruth as Omar and Justin Gordon as Babkak; Jasmine’s friends – Rachel James as Isir, Naomi Ruth as Manal and Kaitlyn Smith as Rajah; Colby Bowen as the Sultan; Braydon Johnson as the Magic Carpet; Riley Kennedy as Razoul; and Kelly Bridges as Prince Abdullah. In addition, the Genie’s opening lines will be divided between Katie Mossman, Jaclyn Nelson, Tierney Patterson and Molli Hall.
The other 62 campers are members of the ensemble. They play Agrabah townspeople, harem girls, princes, guards and other characters as well as sing. Bryanna Johnson is the Shop Owner and Katie Burke is the Apple Vendor. Others who will speak or sing one-liners were to be chosen on Jan. 2 during the first of the eight rehearsals.
In addition to Johnson and Burke, the ensemble includes Melyia Bartlett, Arianna Benner, E. Grace Bishop, Elizabeth Bishop, Jasmarie Burket, Luke Chakraborty, Jessica Cummings, Jenny DeCamp, Blake Eckart, Kayla Folcarelli, Austin Forer, Mason Forer, Kaylee Frazier, Annie Gehman, Ren Gehman, Gabriella Gregory, Kyli Hall, Jay Horvath, Molly Ingerick, Lydia James, Mary James, Mazie Grace Johnson, Ciara Kieser, Lauren Kosek, Katie Kuhl, Ellie Largey, Alivia Lisowski, Blake Martin, Colby Martin, Oliver Matthews, Maddie McNamara, Jillian Mickey, Mallory Milheim, Fen Moyer, Luna Moyer, Megan Newruck, Lindsay M. Noldy, Piper Perry, Olivia Plouse, Reese Regina, Alexandria Root, Esther Ruth, Phoebe Ruth, Alexandria Schultz, Lauren Slaymaker, Peyton Slaymaker, Claire Smith, Jaelyn Smith, Olivia Snowburg, Ariana Stocum, Teagan Tanner, Molly Tice, Aniyah Webb, Addison Weightman, Audrey Wetzel, Moira Lillie Wheeler, Linda Whitmyer, Brooke Wilcox, Ella Wood and Gracie Yoder.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12 public performances are Pay-What-You-Can and can be purchased at the door or online at www.hamiltongibson.org.
For more information, call (570) 724-2079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsor of the camp is UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital.