‘Aladdin Jr.’


-Kenleigh Key

-Kenleigh Key

Looking for something to do this weekend? Join Aladdin, Jasmine, and the fast-talking, wisecracking Genie as they discover mystical caves, take magic carpet rides, and outwit the evil sorcerer, Jafar. With new, colorful characters and nonstop adventure, “Aladdin Jr.” is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all ages!

“I could not be more excited about putting this production on the stage,” Morgan Green, Oneonta High School music and drama teacher, said. “‘Aladdin Jr.’ is a fun, upbeat musical that appeals to people of all ages. After the many challenges this school year has brought, we could all use a good dose of lighthearted singing and dancing.”

Oneonta High School music and drama students have been rehearsing the musical ‘Aladdin Jr.’ since November and now they’re ready to present the stage adaptation of the legendary tale of the lovable thief with the heart of gold. ‘Aladdin Jr.’ hits the stage at Oneonta’s Eris Horton Auditorium this weekend.

The cast of ‘Aladdin Jr.’ review a scene to improve blocking. -OHS Music and Drama

The cast of ‘Aladdin Jr.’ review a scene to improve blocking. -OHS Music and Drama

“You may recall that last year’s spring production of ‘Cinderella’ was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was a major disappointment for our students. Needless to say, that letdown has made this year’s production of ‘Aladdin Jr.’ all the more significant. OHS music and drama is back, and we are stronger than ever!”

And while they are back, preparing for a musical production in the midst of a pandemic does present many challenges. Green said, “We’ve faced the difficult questions head-on. What if someone gets sick the week of the performance? What if someone gets quarantined? In response to those questions, we made a tough decision.”

Each student listed below has learned a lead and an understudy role.

“Essentially, we are producing two shows,” Green continued. “This allows us not only to have a backup plan in case something happens, but it also gives our young actors even more opportunity to hone their talents on the stage.

 

 

“Though I am constantly pushing my performers to do better, I could not be more proud of the countless hours of hard work they have put into this musical. They truly amaze me every day.”

The show will be presented by a cast of 40 talented high school students as well as a plethora of students and volunteers who serve as crew members, stage managers, box office workers, sound and lighting technicians, and more. Plus, this musical includes favorite Alan Menken songs such as “Friend Like Me,” “A Whole New World,” and “Prince Ali,” as well as wonderful new songs added for the Broadway production.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for the entire family to have fun! Seating will be available in socially distanced sections and non-socially distanced sections.

“Now all that’s left is for you to do your part,” Green said. “Without an audience we would have no show. When will you be attending this fabulous production? No matter which of the four performances you choose, I believe you will have a great time. And you’ll be making all of our hard work worthwhile as we share the joys of theatre with our community. We look forward to seeing you there!”

General admission is $10, and it is first come, first served. Tickets can be purchased in advance either through the high school office or a cast member. Performances are Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 17, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m.

“Aladdin Jr.” is based on the 2014 Broadway production of “Aladdin” produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, New York, NY, 212-541-4684, mtishows.com.