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Aladdin Jr.: A Royal Performance

4/27/2012
"Welcome to Agrabah, the City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail!" In late March, Glenholme's Center for the Arts was transformed into the mythical Arabian kingdom of Agrabah for two performances of Disney's “Aladdin Jr.,” the classic tale of a young street urchin who finds a magic lamp on his quest for true love.
 
Jake portrayed the title role of Aladdin with delightful charm and an incredible voice. Helping him win princess Jasmine’s heart was Austin as the Genie, who artfully led the show-stopping ensemble number, “Prince Ali.” Matt R made use of his deep voice to convincingly portray Aladdin's nemesis, the ever sinister and frightful Jafar, while Matt M, donning an over-the-top red and orange costume, provided comedic relief as Iago, Jafar's side-kick parrot. Narrators Ashlyn, Steve G, Steve M, Sanjana, and Aaron kept the audience engaged and the plot moving forward. Other notable performances included Rachel as Jasmine, David as the Sultan, Brendan as the Magic Carpet, and Jack, Rodion, and Abdel as the three princes. Beautifully accenting the performance were vibrant, airy costumes, colorful sets, and magical lighting effects.
 
The Arts program at Glenholme allows students with special needs to share their talents, to develop confidence in their abilities, and to take chances in a safe and supportive environment, where their creative efforts and successes are genuinely celebrated.
 
Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” features music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, with an adapted book and additional lyrics provided by Jim Luigs, and music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle. The musical is based on the 1992 animated Disney film, Aladdin.