It’s a whole new world! Take a magic carpet ride and experience the timeless tale of a “diamond in the rough” street urchin as he falls in love with the beautiful but waaaay out-of-his-league Princess Jasmine in Centre Stage’s production of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” This rags-to-riches adventure features a budding romance, complete with an all-powerful genie, an evil Grand Vizier and his fearfully obedient parrot, and hummable songs.
“Audiences are in for a real treat this spring” said Barry Dean, Founding Artistic Director of Centre Stage. “This is Centre Stage’s third performance of Aladdin Jr. and also marks our third performance since the COVID shutdown. We are thrilled to see audiences return to the theater and are counting on the community to come out in support of our mission. Let’s fill the house!” Dean, along with his sister Lois Yvonne and long-time friend Karen Romano, started Centre Stage in 1984 in order to bring exciting live performance to the greater Lake Houston area. He has since staged shows for wider Houston audiences, including a highly successful run of “Annie Get Your Gun” at the Houston Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in 2008 and the elaborate “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in 2010.
The talented cast is led by Connor Evers and Anthony May who share the title role of Aladdin. The also play the role of Kassim, Aladdin’s pal. Sharing the role of the spirited Priness Jasmine is Anna Kovacik and Marie Popp, who also play the role of Isir, one of the princesses attendants. Reprising his role as the wise-cracking genie is crowd favorite Virgillio Davis. Portraying evil incarnate as Grand Vizier Jafar is Zane Hall with Blake Johns and Sammy Fernandez as his funny sidekick.
Aladdin’s other loyal pals are Parker Warren as Babkak and Mikey Artunez as Omar. Devoted attendants of Princess Jasmine also include Lilli Moore as Manal and Kayli Kaufmann and Lily Cordill as Rajah. Noah Brown reprises his role as the warm-hearted Sultan and Jackson Warren is Prince Abdullah, one of Jasmine’s haughty suitors. Abdullah’s Attendants and Palace Guards are Braeden Mitchell and Garrett Harvey. Fernando Fernandez is Razoul, head of the palace guard as well as the Spooky Voice and Cave of Wonders. Other actors in featured roles are Melanie Brock, Kennedy Gardner, Adam Bauerle and Madison Barkley as the Beggars, Eliza McCrary and Blake Bell as Arabian Nights Soloists, Aubrey Smith as the Shop Owner and Caitalin Campbell as the Fortune Teller.
Dancers include Caitalin Campbell, Lily Cordill, Ashlyn Frazier, Kayli Kaufman, Riley Kelley, Anna Kovicik, Lilli Moore, Kynli Nguyen, Marie Popp, Parker Warren, Adrianna Cortez, Joshua Green and Adam Bauerle. The Agraban Chorus, Waiters and Entourage are Madison Barkley, Adam Bauerle, Tobi Block, Melanie Brock, Leo Diaz, Scarlett Dornak, Amelia Fritz, Kennedy Gardner, Summer Gergov, Joshua Green, Mac Grider, Hannah Haisten, Caroline Hein, Ian Hein, Jack Hein, Valerie Hernandez, Harley Jasinski, Soleil Jones, Adelyn Kalland, Connor Knight, Ben Likeness, Emmie Likeness, Hailey Phillips, Joseph “JD” Plilar, Daphne Prykryl, Rhett Prykryl, Leora Raphaeli and Sophia Vilarreal.
The show opens April 29 at The Nathaniel Center, 804 Russell Palmer Road in Kingwood with performances on Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through April 25. Ticket prices range from $20-$30 and can be purchased online at www.tix.com. Group discounts are also available. For more information got to www.centrestagekw.org or call 281-540-0078.
Centre Stage Theatrical School and Company is a non-profit, community service organization dedicated to the development of youth through performance education and is committed to staging high quality musical theatre productions to benefit the greater Lake Houston community.