Hingham Civic Music’s “Aladdin Jr.” Gives A Magical Trip on City Corridor Stage, Dec. 1-3
November 21, 2023 by Roy Harris (pictures by Kerry Tondorf and Joel Leonard)
“Aladdin Jr.,” Hingham Civic Music Theatre’s subsequent present, provides “A Entire New World” of exuberant enjoyable in its three efficiency, Dec. 1, 2 and three, on City Corridor’s Sanborn Auditorium stage.
Singing, dancing and telling the thrilling story of Aladdin and his Arabian nights shall be a gifted troupe of South Shore youngsters, together with proficient pre-teens as younger as six years previous. Collectively they’ll inform the thrilling story of Aladdin as introduced within the hit Broadway musical, with songs by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Chad Beguelin and Tim Rice.
HCMT’s manufacturing, directed by Meghan Rowan, is music-directed by John and Katie Duff. Sharing the stardom are dazzling costumes, designed by veteran HCMT costumer Kathryn Ridder. The present’s producers are Pat Sherman and Ellen Spadorcia.
The story—launched onstage by the Genie, performed by Hingham’s Winslow Levin—includes the battles that Aladdin (Cohasset’s Miles Watkins) should combat in opposition to the Sultan’s villainous brokers, led by Jafar and Iago (Scituate’s Liam Sharpe and Hingham’s Caleb Levin, respectively.)
From afar, Aladdin admires Princess Jasmine, performed by Scituate’s Izzy Remington, as she seeks the liberty to make her personal selections in life. In “These Palace Partitions,” she sings of her predicament along with her attendants, earlier than following their recommendation and escaping to freedom.
Whereas free, Jasmine turns into entangled with Aladdin’s plan—involving a magic lamp—to stop Jafar from taking energy from Jasmine’s father, the Sultan. Many adventures ensue, and the Genie (singing “Good friend Like Me”) does all he can to grant Aladdin three needs that can assist him win Jasmine’s belief and take her on a magic carpet journey, singing “A Entire New World.”
The journey continues towards a contented ending, introducing the viewers to a “Cave of Wonders” and colourful characters galore.
Director Rowan, a Hingham Civic Music veteran who teaches at Outdated Colony Montessori College, feels “passionately about kids taking the lead” in what they do. That features placing on a present like “Aladdin Jr.” Hingham Excessive College sophomore (and stage veteran) Annie Daly serves as her assistant director, and up to date Hingham graduate Ashley Buerkeridge is assistant director and costume assistant.
The Friday and Saturday exhibits, Dec. 1 and a pair of, begin at 6:30 p.m., with the Sunday matinee beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, and will be bought by the web site https://hcmttickets.ludus.com/index.php, by cellphone at 339-793-1821, or on the stage door at Hingham City Corridor, 210 Central St.
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Roy Harris, a semi-retired journalist and long-time HCMT performer, lives within the World’s Finish space of Hingham. In his first Hingham Civic position he bought his soul to the satan in 2003’s “Rattling Yankees.”
The above pictures of “Aladdin Jr.” rehearsals are by Kerry Tondorf and Joel Leonard.