Aladdin Jr.

Adelaide Youth Theatre. Loreto College Theatre. 29 to 31 July

There is something about watching a group of enthusiastic youngsters take to the stage that makes you smile uncontrollably.

Directors Jason Ferguson and Niki Fantone have drawn out of their cast of youngsters a wonderful 70 minute performance which captures some of the best moments from the popular Disney story of Aladdin. The entire cast were wonderful to watch and some especially cute moments came from a male cast member who is a mere
six years old.  He not only wowed the crowd, but took a brave tumble on the chin (literally) and lived to act another day.

Perhaps most impressive was the incredible line up of costumes, the intricate dance routines choreographed by Amber Platten and Haydee Watkins and the outstanding set projections all which were pulled together in a little over a week. Design by Jopuka Productions under the skilful eye of Joshua Aspinall was an absolute standout.

Musical Director Michelle Nightingale had the young cast ship shape with their harmonies and excepting for a few microphone issues and volume inconsistencies the overall sound was excellent!

This young cast ought to be commended for their outstanding energy, focus and dedication. I can’t wait to see what some of these kids are capable of – many of them likely to be the adult stars of the future.

Paul Rodda