Disney’s Aladdin, Junior – Stages Theatre Review – July 2013
Disney’s Aladdin Jr.
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
June 28, 2013 – August 4, 2013
For All Ages — 65 minutes with NO INTERMISSION
I was really excited when I was given the assignment to review Aladdin, Jr. at the Stages Theater. My husband loves Aladdin and my 8-year-old loves theater. We got a babysitter for the two little ones and had a little family date. As it turns out, we could have brought the toddlers. This is the perfect family theater experience.
As an adult, I was floored by the sheer talent of the young actors. Some of them were very young. We were particularly impressed with 12-year-old Ellie Turk, who played Iago The Parrot. She really stole the show. However, Andrew Moy was a phenomenal singer in his role as Aladdin and Danielle Wong (Jasmine) is now my 8-year-old’s favorite actress.
I’m told that approximately 100 kids come out to audition for the summer productions. Of the initial 100, approximately 30 will get call backs and about half of those will be cast in the play. The actors that are cast then practice 3 hours a day, 5 days a week to prepare for the production.
After the musical, patrons have the opportunity to meet the cast and get autographs. My little theater lover got the entire cast to sign her playbill – adding another dimension of excitement to the whole night.
Kids will love this play because its Disney. Most children will know the songs and the basic story making it an easy first time theater experience. The fact that it is only 65 minutes also makes it very kid friendly. The Academy award-winning score includes favorite songs like “A Whole New World,” “One Jump Ahead” and “A Friend Like Me.”
I always suggest studying for dates like this. Kids can sit still longer if they ar engaged. I find that knowing the music ahead of time is the easiest way to engage my children. You could start playing the Aladdin soundtrack or even watch the movie the week before you go.
Start them out at here, and by the time they are preteens, you can start taking them to full-length adult productions.
Written by Joy Peters