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You ain’t never seen a play like ‘Aladdin’

"Aladdin" is the epitome of stage magic

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Disney’s Aladdin has been a favorite story to many ever since its film debut in the 90s. The Broadway play of Aladdin can currently be seen at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California. In fact, the Orcutt Academy students who chose to partake in the trip just experienced the story come to life themselves.

Aladdin (Adam Jacobs) is a young, homeless boy living on the streets of Agrabah and relying on his stealth and wit for his every next meal. With the help of his three best friends, Babkak (Zach Bencal), Omar (Plilippe Arroyo), and Kassim (Mike Longo), Aladdin manages to get by. However, when Aladdin encounters Princess Jasmine (Courtney Reed) in the marketplace, his only wish is to have a chance at a greater life with her. Aladdin is given this opportunity after being forced into helping the malicious Jafar (Jonathan Weir) with his own devious plan to gain the princess’s hand in marriage. When the plan goes awry, Aladdin is left in the Cave of Wonders with the magical Genie (Michael James Scott) who grants Aladdin three wishes that change everything.

Each actor was individually outstanding and brought a different element to the play. The actors who stood out most to me were Michael James Scott as Genie. Scott combined his natural talent as a performer with his larger-than-life stage presence to portray a character we all know and love – Genie. If there were one word to describe Genie, it would be extra. Scott was so over-the-top and extravagant that the crowd couldn’t help but be drawn to him and feel the hype. Zach Bencal, Philippe Arroyo, and Mike Longo did an amazing job at making every scene they were in entertaining. Particularly in the songs “Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim” and “High Adventure,” the audience was given a comedic break to gaze in awe of the purely entertaining trio.

There were too many times in this play that had me blown away and genuinely asking, “How in the world did they do that?” From subtle background and lighting changes to completely new scenes lowering from the ceiling, Aladdin is the epitome of stage magic. The entire scene for the performance of “Friend Like Me” is unbelievable. The song takes place in the Cave of Wonders where everything is gold and intricately designed. As the song goes on, more of the scenery comes down from the stage ceiling, and props and items began sliding in and out onto the stage, popping out and unfolding in every direction. There were so many fun and magical moments throughout the play that had the entire audience in amazement.

Aladdin is a delightful play that offers something to every age group. With slips of modern humor, fabulous dance numbers, and a soundtrack that will be stuck in your head for days, the fun never ends. Aladdin will be performed at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre until March 31, 2018, so make sure you join in the merriment! (ticket prices vary)

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