Journey to Agrabah, the City of Enchantment. Discover the magic, experience the mayhem, explore a world of magic lamps and flying carpets and the promise of passion and love when the Andes Central School Drama Club performs Aladdin Jr. The ACS stage will be transformed into the kingdom of Agrabah with shows scheduled for Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5.

Aladdin Jr. is a one-act musical adapted from the Disney animated movie, Aladdin. The stage production, script, and musical selections closely follow the Disney film classic. The length of the production has been shortened (between 60-80 minutes) and the musical selections reformatted for younger voices.

Aladdin lovers of all ages can reconnect with their favorite characters. Zack Grapes, who dazzled last spring as Snoopy in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, will return to the Andes stage to play Aladdin, a kind but wily street urchin who falls in love with Princess Jasmine. Jade Litaker will unveil her incredible singing talents in her stage debut playing the part of a feisty, rebellious and somewhat naive Princess Jasmine.

Always a favorite, the fast talking, comedic Genie will be played by Gina Tait. Ashley Terry will bring alive the character of the villainous and menacing Jafar. Ashley gets lots of help from her sidekick, the parrot Iago, played by Jon Andrews. Andrews expertly portrayed Linus in last springs ACS musical production.

As often is the case in Andes, the ACS stage production is about teamwork. John Bernhardt will be directing the musical and will receive tons of assistance from Music Directors Tamara Snyder and Janice Armstrong and Technical Director Ed Sanford, who will be addressing issues related to lighting and sound. Sharon Tucker will be coordinating work on set design, and Kathy Whittaker will be busy coordinating costuming.

Mark your calendar and launch your holiday season by visiting ACS, where you will be swept away to another land, one of catchy tunes, energetic dance routines, exotic outfits, throngs of talented young performers and a whole lot of fun. ~

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