The Mansfield Youth Theatre (“MY Theatre”) will present Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre September 14, 15, and 16 as a part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series. Performances will take place at 7 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 PM on Sunday.
Dauphne Maloney directs the show with musical direction by Brian K. Nabors. Tickets are $15, general admission, and on sale now at the Renaissance Box Office, via phone, and online at mansfieldtickets.com.
A free sensory-friendly performance of Aladdin, Jr. will be offered Saturday, September 15 at 1 PM for families of individuals with special needs. Interested individuals must register for their free tickets by visiting or calling the Renaissance Box Office at (419) 522-2726. A limited number of tickets is available for the sensory-friendly performance and no walk-ups will be accommodated.
Set in the middle-eastern town of Agrabah, Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant him three wishes. At the royal palace, the princess, Jasmine, is feeling hemmed in by her father’s desire to find her a groom; while the Sultan’s right-hand man, Jafar, is plotting to take over the throne. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character.
Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. is based upon the 1992 animated film, and the 2014 hit Broadway production about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies within. Aladdin’s story is an ancient one with universal themes, but has had such wonderful treatment by the Disney organization; first with the animated film, and now with it’s residence on Broadway. The MY Theatre production features the music of the legendary Alan Menken; and songs both from the animated film, as well as new songs created for the Broadway production.
All of the fabulous music offers a little something for everyone…from the romantic to the adventurous. Audiences will not be disappointed.” shares Maloney. “When you combine all of that Disney music and magic, with the energy of young performers, and the beauty of the Renaissance stage, it’s sure to provide a great family experience!
The cast is composed of nearly 60 students ages 7-18 from the following schools: Ashland, Clearfork, Crestview, Discovery – Mansfield, Foundation Academy, Homeschool, Knox County Career Center, Lexington, Lucas, Madison, Mansfield, Mansfield Christian, Mansfield St. Peter’s, Mapleton, Ohio Connections Academy, Ontario, Pioneer CTC Performing Arts, Richland School of Academic Arts, Shelby, St. Edward’s – Ashland, and Wynford.
The cast is led by Kristin Kaufman as the beloved Genie, as well as Noah Sgambellone and Christian Shepherd performing in the role of Aladdin. The role of Aladdin’s love-interest, Princess Jasmine, will be played by Ellie Nickoli and Brooke Young.
The cast also includes:
BABKAK, OMAR, KASSIM…..McKenna Stoffer, Justice Gardner, Zavier Alterio
ISIR, MANAL, MARJANAH, RAJAH, (SHIRIN) (Attendants to the Princess Jasmine)…Lilly Casey,
Nykera Gardner, Katlyn Shrewsberry, Bailey Young
SULTAN…..Kameran Puster, Austin Michel
GUARDS…..Gianni Bonham, Lucas Browning, Padraig Browning, Robert (RJ) Chalfont, Gavin Hull
PRINCE ABDULLAH…..Gavin Hull
ATTENDANTS TO PRINCE ABDULLAH…..Alex Tate, Caleb Tate
BEGGARS…..Kylah Arnholt, Joshua Browning, Jaselle Clark, Landon Flint, Seth Hartz, McKinnley King, Makayla Lawrence, Jackie Metz, Payne Schwartz, Kabuto Setser
APPLE VENDORS…..Abby Bechstein, Hannah Billheimer, Eowynn Fietz, Grace Them
FORTUNE TELLERS…Kadelyn Becker, Emma Hutchison-Deehr, Isla Donley, Madalyn Huvler, Grace Masi, Kanijah Green, Anna Perkins
ATTENDANTS OF THE VEIL…Addie Lamb, Gillian Donley, Kylee Kent, Hannah Myers, Alexandria Switaj
AGARABHANS, GENIE’S MAGICAL ENSEMBLE, PRINCE ALI’S ENTOURAGE…..Tilia Ames, Henry Brinley, Shia Fietz, Lacie Flint, Amy Gardner, Braylon Gardner, Markie Hartz, Lilly McCready, Rebecca Matz, Brooklynn Peterson, Justin Switaj, Makenzie Wynn
Based upon Disney’s 1992 Academy Award-winning animated film of the same name, Aladdin debuted on Broadway on March 20, 2014. The musical features music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin; and includes favorites such as “A Whole New World,” “Friend Like Me,” and “Prince Ali.” The book of the show was written by Chad Beguelin. The Broadway production was directed by Casey Nicholaw, and produced by Disney Theatricals. Aladdin is currently in it’s the fourth year on Broadway, and is also on tour at major cities throughout North America. The show has been recognized with numerous theatre awards internationally, including having been nominated for five Tony Awards. The Disney film was written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliot, and Terry Rossio.
Source, Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association