Impact’s “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” to benefit House of Hope
Impact Christian Children’s Theatre will present “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” on Friday, May 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. at the Chapman Auditorium in the McNair building at Francis Marion University.
To encourage students to give back to the community, with each show the cast selects a charity or cause to support. For this show, the students chose The House of Hope of the Pee Dee, a local organization that helps the homeless. Cast and audience members are asked to bring items to donate including paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, etc.) and cleaning supplies.
The fast-paced musical, based on the Academy Award winning film tells the story of a lowly street urchin who stumbles across a magical lamp, beginning an exciting adventure filled with love, magic and mayhem. Although Aladdin tries to hide his identity to win the heart of Princess Jasmine, he eventually discovers the power of honesty, friendship and true love. The show is filled with wonderful music including the hit songs “One Jump Ahead”, “Friend Like Me”, “Prince Ali”, “A Whole New World” and more.
The cast consists of students from public, private and home schools in grades 4-12, featuring Braxton Isaac as Aladdin, Hanan Taylor and Mary Leslie Bessenger as Genie, Emma Schubert and Brooke Turner as Princess Jasmine, Bradford Averitt and Whitley Turner as Jafar, Jordan Page as Iago, Wyatt Huggins as Sultan, Sarah Boardwine as Razoul, Claudia Sarmiento as the Magic Carpet with Kendra Cox, Mary-Savanna Truett, Carolyn Conner, Scarlet Jones, and Abigail Munn as Narrators. Completing the ensemble are Maria Claudia Valenzuela as Abu, Brailey Sloan and Abigail Munn as Guards, Esme Fine, Kendrina Johnson, Kennedy Mcallister as Townspeople and Noah Taylor, Getty Page, Kenneth Mcallister and Adam Bessenger as Princes.
The show is directed and choreographed by Catherine Curl, with Whitney Langley and musical direction by Kelsey McGinty. Impact Christian Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization offering performing arts education and promoting Judeo-Christian values while building character through drama.