Aladdin Junior: for young at heart

TALES of the Arabian nights will be bought back to life when the Ballina Players take to the stage in their latest production, Aladdin Junior.

The show is an adaptation of the 1992 animated Disney classic which tells the enduring story of a poor boy who falls in love with a princess.

A cast of 46 performers aged between 10 and 18 from across the Northern Rivers are appearing in the production.

But despite their lack of experience, the cast has come together to create a fast moving and witty show, according to Aladdin Junior production manager Geoff Marsh.

“There are some amazing young performers in this latest offering from the Ballina Players,” Marsh says.

“Their enthusiasm and dedication to the rehearsal process has been outstanding. They have worked together to create a magical and colourful piece of theatre while gaining val- uable theatre experience.”

Lachlan Copeland, who tore up the stage as Chris Allen in the Ballina Players’ sell-out smash hit The Boy from Oz, stars as Aladdin.

The skills he honed in Oz have prepared him to lead the cast as they narrate the story of a wrongly imprisoned street boy who gets a lucky break when he crosses paths with a genie.

“It’s that age old story about a poor boy who falls in love with a princess,” Marsh says.

“But in the case of Aladdin, the wicked Grand Vizier plans to marry the princess. But Aladdin is able to trick the Vizier with the help of his friend the genie. Without giving away the story too much, there is a happy ending, but with a nice twist.”

Aladdin Junior – perfect for the family these school holidays – will be staged at the Players Theatre in Ballina from January 15 to 24.

Tickets are $16 adults, $12 children under 12, $45 for families (two adults, two children).

Tickets are available at Just Funkin Music, 124 River Street, Ballina, or call 6686 2440.

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