W-F High School to present ‘Aladdin Jr.’
Musical production based on Disney movie
This year’s Weyauwega-Fremont High School musical production is “Aladdin Jr.”
Performances are set for 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the high school auditorium.
Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for students. The box office opens one hour prior to each performance.
The Disney movie “Aladdin” was released in 1992.
In 2005, Music Theatre International partnered with Disney to create “Aladdin Jr.” in a format which makes the show accessible to schools and young performers across the country.
In 2011, Disney opened a Broadway production which is still playing in New York.
The first North American tour of “Aladdin” opened in Chicago on April 11.
The combination of Disney creativity and live theater make “Aladdin Jr.” a show audiences enjoy.
W-F senior Chris Martin is playing the role of Aladdin and says, “We’ve worked diligently to create Disney magic in our production of ‘Aladdin Jr.’ It includes the amazing songs ‘Friend Like Me’ and ‘A Whole New World,’ along with the comedy and heart of the original movie. It’s been a privilege for the W-F cast to bring this show to life. Please come and support our efforts … you won’t be disappointed.”
Director Lu Ann Rupnow said, “The amazing score and clever dialogue made my job easy. Audiences will enjoy our strong singing, great costumes and wonderful dancing.”
The students learned dancing for the show from professional choreographer Kye Brackett.
Brackett is a choreographer and backup singer for Barry Manilow, who recently performed at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Brackett started his career as a performer at Disneyland.
W-F junior Maddy Mathwig plays the role of Jasmine in the production and says, “Kye’s choreography added a professional level to our production that challenged and inspired us. We really loved working with him.”
Co-director Andy Schmidt said,“ This show is a great blend of action, humor and drama. Children (and adults) of all ages will love this show.”