BOONVILLE — On March 17, 18 and 19, students from Boonville Elementary School will transport audiences to the mystical Arabian desert with a junior production of the Disney’s “Aladdin.” The school has been producing a student-centered musical since 2008.
Directors Larissa Brown and Ginger Holt said this year’s show will live up to all expectations.
“The students have worked hard and it will be an entertaining, exciting, and beautiful show,” Holt said.
Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 17 and 18 and 3 p.m. on March 19. Tickets are $6 per person.
The cast is comprised of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students who have been rehearsing since December for the play.
The many days spent rehearsing after school are hard work, but fun, said student Mason Moxley, who plays Aladdin.
“To be in the play is a huge honor,” Moxley said. “It is so exciting the three nights of the show. Yes, you have to work hard at play practice, but it’s all worth it.”
Boonville may be a long way from the silver screen or the Great White Way of New York City, but not in the minds of these talented young people.
“When I am on stage, I feel like I am on the stage of Broadway,” said Brianna Hawks.
“The play settings are just like the movie,” said Jacklyn Day, who plays Aladdin’s monkey companion, Abu. “I am proud to be in the play because I am a monkey. I also love how I do the actions and dances. Plus, the costume is really cool.”
The colorful costumes and high stepping dances and songs are a highlight for many of the students.
“I like it because I get to sing and dance,” said Miles Hinshaw. “I like the play because it makes me proud of myself.”
Andre Powell added, “Doing the play is actually awesome ‘cause you get to wear costumes, sing and dance.”
Spending time with friends is another thing the children enjoy about the play.
“For me it brought more laughs and more smiles,” said Shaelynn Reynolds.
“Many of us have poured everything we have into this production,” said Laney Moran. “It takes a lot of hard work and all of us are grateful to be a part of it. The play really is a group project. Without each other, we couldn’t make this happen. It’s a truly great experience that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives.”
The cast includes Mason Moxley as Aladdin, Ashlynn Abbott as Jasmine, Ryan Ball as Genie, Andre Powell as Jafar, Miles Hinshaw as Iago, Trace Johnson as Sultan, Laney Moran as Narrator 1, Patience Smith as Narrator 2, Hayleigh Howard as Narrator 3, Evelyn Jimenez as Narrator 4, Morgan Denison as Narrator 5, Damien Royal as Razoul, Jackie Mae Pack as Guard 1, Shaelynn Reynolds as Guard 2, Jacklyn Day as Abu, Daisha McBride as Magic Carpet, Amelia Byrd as Harem Girl 1, Jennifer Gonzalez as Harem Girl 2, Brianna Hawks as Harem Girl 3, Kenzie Brown as Harem Girl 4, Carson Casstevens as Prince Baba of Ganoush, Cody Brandon as Prince Dahdu Rahn-Rahn, Marcela Hernandez as Prince Formerly Known as the Artist, Alexis Renegar as Baker, Maria Lopez as Matron, Cody Brandon as Thief, Marcela Hernandez as Shopkeeper, Keitlyn Trim as Flower Saleswoman and Olivia Stevens as Grocer.
Tickets may purchased in advance from the school and also will be available at the door prior to the production.
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