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The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County is bringing “Aladdin Jr.” to stage July 19-22 with all the magic, mayhem and flying carpet rides as the popular Disney tale.
Directed by Elaine Reese, “Aladdin Jr.” has an all-kid cast in a stage adaptation of the 1992 Disney film with the well-known songs, “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.”
“It’s a really good play and we’ve been working really hard on it,” said Summer Bishop, 11, of Indian Land, who is one of the narrators. “I really like the music. I love the beats.”
“Aladdin Jr.” is Bishop’s third production. The Indian Land seventh-grader believes audiences will have fun watching the musical, which plays at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22 at Stevens Auditorium in Hubbard Hall at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster.
“They are going to say, ‘Wow! It’s really cool and funny, too.’” she said.
The play is set in Agrabah, the City of Enchantment, where Aladdin competes for Princess Jasmine’s hand in marriage. The two challenge a law that the princess has to marry the sultan’s highest-ranking official – the villain, Jafar – if she fails to choose a husband. Aladdin takes on the identity of a prince with the help of the entertaining Genie, and his magic carpet.
Sophie Johnson, 7, plays a townsperson and a bridesmaid in the production. The Indian Land third-grader has had a wonderful time learning the songs in the musical.
“I feel happy when I’m on stage,” she said. “Everyone is going to laugh at my solo line – ‘I think he’s rather tasty.’ It was all really fun – learning the dancing and learning the songs and meeting new people.”
Her father, Rick, said they were looking for an activity for Sophie when someone suggested the Community Playhouse in Lancaster.
“She tried out and got the part,” he said. “She likes to sing, and she’s very outgoing and very expressive.”
Stephanie Spruill of Indian Land is the accompanist for the show.
Advanced tickets are available at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster, through July 20. Tickets will also be available at the door. Prices are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and children 10 and under are $5.
For more information, visit lancasterplayhouse.com.