The heck with the Walt Disney animated feature, Patio Playhouse Community and Youth theater brings Aladdin Jr. to the stage.
“Aladdin, a kind but wily street urchin, finds himself unexpectedly falling in love with beautiful Princess Jasmine, just as her Sultan father decrees that she must select a royal husband,” Aladdin Jr. director Geoffrey Cox said. “Jasmine rejects various wealthy suitors and eventually it is down to Aladdin and the evil Jafar duking it out for her love.”
Cox continued: “Will Aladdin prevail with a little help from a wacky genie? Enjoy falling in love with the story once again to the soundtrack of all the wonderful songs you remember by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman & Tim Rice including ‘Prince Ali,’ ‘Friend Like Me,’ ‘One Jump,’ and of course the Academy Award winning song ‘A Whole New World.’”
Aladdin Jr. is brought to life through the performances of a highly talented youth cast, led by Izaiah Rhinehart playing the role of Aladdin, Natasha Baenisch lighting up the stage as Jasmine, Wyatt Rhinehart as Genie, David Gregory as Jafar, and Belle Morelock as Iago.
The stellar supporting cast of Carley Rhinehart, Scott Bedford, Christian Reyes, Grace Nanquil, Marissa Still, Caitlin Appolito, Ben Still, Jack Roper, Natalia Marquez, Rayne Gonzles, and Jazmin Sanchez.
The enthusiastic cast is capably directed by Cox, with music direction by Jenny Gillette, and produced by Peggy Schneider. Choreography by Candace Carbajal truly brings remote Agrabah into the intimate space of Patio Playhouse. Whether audiences have seen the movie or not, there are tricks up the sleeve to delight and enchant on the mystical magic carpet ride adventure of Aladdin Jr.
Performances begin Friday, April 1 and play through Sunday, April 17. Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 7 p.m. while afternoon performances are 2 p.m. Sundays.
All shows will be presented at Patio Playhouse, 116 South Kalmia Street, Escondido (between Vinz Wine Bar and Continental Deli). Tickets cost $15 for Adults and $11 for youth, ages 16 and under.
For reservations, contact the Patio Playhouse box office at (760) 746-6669, email, or via the website at www.patioplayhouse.com.