P-S Students Perfect Disney’S ‘Aladdin Kids’ Play


Patti Lawrence directs Doug Bullard (left) and Cameron Taylor in the cave scene where Aladdin and the genie meet for the first time.

Patti Lawrence directs Doug Bullard (left) and Cameron Taylor in the cave scene where Aladdin and the genie meet for the first time. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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As Jafar and Gazeem approach the Cave of Wonders, Jafar is mesmerized by the thought of possessing the great genie lamp and its three wishes for which he has searched years.

In the background, powerful music thumps loudly — building suspense.

“Stop … do you know your line?” asks Patti Lawrence with the Pine-Strawberry School Drama Club Wednesday.

“No!” confesses the abashed student playing Iago.

Line given, rehearsals carry on.

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Wailing skeletons begging for help from Aladdin include (left to right) Abby Ast, Lucy Miller, Mackenzie Abby and Maddy Abney.

“Now wait for the sound effect,” Lawrence instructs more than two dozen kindergarten through seventh-graders during dress rehearsal.

“Poof!” and the speakers go quiet.

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Cameron Taylor and Emma Cotrell read through their lines.

The students run and jump off the stage in a cacophony of directions in the P-S school’s music room.

For the last two months, the student cast of Disney’s “Aladdin Kids” has run through the production in anticipation of an April 29 performance in the P-S school gym at 6:30 p.m.

Students will revive a thousand-year-old tale of adventure and bring the Arabian Desert to the forest of Pine.

If their enthusiasm during rehearsal is any indication, the students will put on an amusing yet heart-warming play.

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Maddy Abney lifts her arms high while practicing the skeleton dance for the Pine-Strawberry School Drama Club’s presentation of “Disney’s Aladdin Kids.”

While they might forget a few lines, they make it up with their eagerness to perform.

When Lawrence asked who wanted to pick up a few more lines, dozens of arms shot up and students pleaded to take on more lines.

“I only have one line,” one student declared.

Then when Lawrence declares it is time to practice the skeleton dance, half a dozen girls run to the center of the room, arms raised crookedly above their heads.

“Oh, I love this dance,” one girl screams.

As the music plays, the arms jerk from side to side like skeletons.

Later, Aladdin and Jasmine take a magic carpet ride above the streets of Agrabah as the student actors belt out a “Whole New World.”

The Oscar-winning song is just one of the numbers students sing during the play.

The enchanting ride for Aladdin and Jasmine ends as the students fly above some of the world’s landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Great Wall of China, Hollywood sign, and finally the Little Red Schoolhouse in Strawberry — a script change made by Lawrence.

The play is filled with such little moments of comic relief.

And although they are far from getting married, the students tackle the issues of love and freedom during the play, reaffirming that it is not how you appear from the outside, but who you are inside that matters.

And regardless if they remember all their lines or have only one line to recall, the students will surely give their all at the upcoming production.

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