MEXICO – Princess Jasmine, Aladdin, Genie, Jafar and the people of Agrabah will visit Mexico Middle School when the Disney classic “Aladdin” comes to life in four upcoming performances.
More than 50 students in grades five through eight have worked diligently on the musical production each week day for the past couple of months.
Co-directed by music teacher Gina Giufre and teacher assistant Lisa Brooke, “Aladdin” will take audience members on a magical carpet ride through trials and triumphs of a true love story.
Giufre said the students have been responsible for learning all of their lines, music, choreography, working together and ensuring their homework is completed in order to continue their participation.
It has been their determination, persistence and commitment to character that Giufre said makes the production so exciting.
“It’s a big commitment,” she said.
Song, dance and intense conversation is perfectly meshed with comedic measure.
The students’ efforts will be showcased during a student-only “Aladdin” viewing during school hours on Jan. 31.
Public performances will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 1, 2 and 3 in the school auditorium.
There will be a nominal ticket fee.
Cast members include: Calvin Hitzschke (Aladdin), Grace Mason (Jasmine), Luke Kinsey (Genie), Collin Hatch (Jafar), Matthew Shaffer (Iago), Andrew Harriger (Razoul), Allen Scott (Sultan), Amber Whalen (Abu) and narrators Delaney Richer, Ashley Bennett, Paige Masrouri, Lauren Salisbury and Avery Mack. Hunter Hall, Ethan Stevens, Trystan Connolly and Jessee Loomis are guards, while Tristan Breckenridge is the magic carpet.
Ensemble members are: Emma Cadrette, Nick Nicotra, Alana Rice, Mckenzie Emmons, Logan Haynes, Azariah Flagg, Jalena Parkhurst, Madalyn Dann, Patience Ingison, Helen Baker, Harmony Schroeder, Zaraiya Rivera, Zoe Boozer, Robert Babcock, Addison Lenhart, Mallory Mills, Aeris Moore, Natalie Babcock, Katelyn Baker, Cali Hopp, Kadence Batchelor, Jenna Butterfield, Autumn Trumble, Hayliann Smith, Kaleigh Hartle, Julianna Ricker, Chelsea Hitzschke, Megan Carter, Alexis Bickford, Payge Tubolino, Aeris Russell, Kaylee Delk, Kaden Perry, Journey Girard and Maria Vazquez.
Stage crew participants are: Emily Bennett (stage manager), Owen Marsden (spotlight), Lincoln Hatch (lighting), Joseph Ardizzone (curtains) and Michael Baggett, Sarah Marsden, Kieran Henderson, Corina Wilcox, Olivia Killam, Anin O’Neil and Shealyn Burns