Aladdin & His Wonderful, Magical Lamp

The Spotlight Players, Jr. will be performing Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp from July 10-13 at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill. The Spotlight Players, Jr are a new community theater initiative that aims to make community theater more affordable for kids ages 5-18.

The press release below gives more information on Spotlight Players, Jr and the production.

Spotlight Players Jr. presents main stage musical, Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp, opening July 10 at the Village Theatre Cherry Hill

A magical lamp. Three powerful genies. A fire-breathing dragon. Greed. Friendship. Love. Spotlight Players, Jr. proudly presents Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp which brings to life the beloved family tale in a high-energy main stage musical, at the Village Theatre Cherry Hill in Canton. Featuring a cast of 45 students ranging in age from five to 17 and heralding from communities including Canton, Belleville, Northville and Plymouth, this enchanting show with phenomenal effects will have audiences cheering.

Aladdin marks the debut of Spotlight Players new theatre initiative, Spotlight Players, Jr., aimed at making community theatre for ages five to 18 more affordable, more fun and a great learning experience.

“Community theatre is meant to be exactly that – community theatre,” explains Anne Cloutier, Spotlight Players board member. “We wanted to start a fresh, new theatre group just for those ages five to 18 to encourage a love of the arts. At only $35 including costume, Spotlight Players Jr. is totally kid-focused and that’s a different philosophy than what most are used to. We’re incorporating acting tips, offering chances to learn backstage jobs and ensuring all participants are respected, having fun, supporting each other as an ensemble and learning along the way. It gives kids a chance to try out theatre or for those who have several productions under their belt, an opportunity to hone their craft.”

Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp is a family-friendly show and appropriate for all ages. But don’t let the description “family-friendly” let you think adults won’t enjoy it too.

“Our show offers something for everyone at any age,” said Kristin Heitmeier, director. “It’s a classic, familiar story with a few new twists and characters as well as upbeat music and spectacular special effects and staging. We wanted to create a great theatrical experience for all who attend and people won’t be disappointed – our cast is amazing!”

Show patrons also have the chance to participate in various raffles including a silent auction with gifts from local businesses such as Bailey’s Pub & Grill, Canton Cinema, Charisma Salon & Day Spa, Curves, Cupcake Station, Rose’s Restaurant and Shaft Chiropractic. Attendees ages five to 18 also can vie for an opportunity to win a walk-on role for the opening scene in the July 13 matinee.

“It’s a great chance to support theatre while experiencing it firsthand,” explained Heitmeier. “We’ll draw our special spotlight actor after the July 12 evening show. Our guest gets a backstage tour, is costumed, introduced to our choreography and music for the opening number and meets the cast. Then it’s onto the stage! It’s all about making theatre engaging and encouraging the arts.”

Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magic Lamp debuts July 10 and runs through July 13 for five shows at the Village Theatre Cherry Hill. Curtain is at 7 p.m. on July 10, 11 and 12 with 2 p.m. matinees on July 12 and 13. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.spotlightplayersmi.org. Upcoming Spotlight Players Jr. and Spotlight Players show details can be found on its website.

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Aladdin & Jasmine: Photo credit: Ashlyn McCann

Evan Phillips of Belleville and Kayal Muthuraman of Canton star as Aladdin and Jasmine in Spotlight Players, Jr.’s main stage musical production of Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp. Also featured are Kyle Cochran and Cameron Denby both of Canton and portraying villains, Jammal and Halima.

Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp is produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service in Englewood, Colorado. Book adapted by Tim Kelly and music and lyrics by Pam Hughes.

The show definitely sounds like a lot of fun! I am marking the dates on our calendar.

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