The curtain goes up Friday on the DeSoto Family Theatre's production of the Disney musical "Aladdin Jr.," at Landers Center Theater in Southaven.
The show runs this weekend and next with showtimes at 2 p.m Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday nights.
"We've had 78 shows and this is among the most exuberant," said Dan Lehman who serves on the DFT Board of Directors.
"Aladdin Jr." with its colorful costumes, set and with its Academy Award- winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, is a "pure delight," according to Lehman.
"I've witnessed the great effort and great enthusiasm that director Whitney Branan and the cast have shown to put together a show like this," Lehman said. "What Whitney has done has put all of the talents of these kids together and work out all the choreography to make this a delightful and entertaining junior show. We have a lot of young people on stage — young people who have proved they can take a project and pull it off successfully through great leadership and teamwork. It's a show with 59 kids and it's not easy putting together a show with 59 kids. It's wonderful to see how it has all come about."
Based on the film, "Aladdin Jr." centers around the story of Aladdin, a vagabond who competes for the affections of a beautiful princess named Jasmine.
Aladdin uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her in this tale of romance and intrigue.
The dual cast list of "Aladdin Jr.," along with understudies, is as follows:
Aladdin: Bret Arton
Jasmine: Claire Ballard
Jafar: Brady Pillstorm
Sultan: John Michael Dukes
Aladdin: Peyton Gillis
Jasmine: McKenzie Brewer
Jafar: Ethan Witt
Sultan: Kiera Tarver
Iago: Jody Hawkins
Genie: Calvin Barnes III
Razoul: Aaron Haas
Abu: Atreyu Armstrong
Magic Carpet: Vananya McChristion
Guards: Davis Jackson, David Vickers
Narrators: Karis Chambliss, Charlotte Wilson, Macy Gallimore, Sophia Werneck, Alyssa Shepard, Elisa Stocking, Nicole Stocking
Lily Grace Kirk