Genie in a Bottle Isn’t the Only Surprise

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“Aladdin, Jr.” will be performed March 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 pm, and March 5 2:30 at the Barry Robinson Theater 

by Hannah Amburn

“Oh, I come from a land, Where intrigue is in style, and adventure is status quo.” — “Aladdin Jr.” Musical

Adventure is certainly right. Producing a musical is no small task for Bishop Sullivan’s Barry Robinson Theatre Company. In fact, the last musical produced at Bishop Sullivan was during the 2009/2010 school year called, “Bye Bye Birdie.” Bishop Sullivan’s very own 10th grade english teacher, Katherine Smith, was the lead!

This year, the musical, “Aladdin, Jr.,” has required a lot of effort from the actors and actresses. Each actor has been required to practice since November 16, Monday through Thursday, not including weekend practices on their own, and the performances are not scheduled until early March.

Julian Baker is the director and Trey Clarkson, Director of the Barry Robinson Theater, is the producer of “Aladdin Jr.” The Jr. means that the length is cut and songs are shortened or removed completely.

How did Mrs. Baker get involved?

“She’s rented the theater at Bishop Sullivan a couple of times and I have seen her work, and thought she was a great choice to help with the musical,” said Mr. Clarkson.

Mrs. Baker is not only the director but also the choreographer. For the singing aspect Leslie Fenter, Bishop Sullivan’s chorus teacher, is in charge of helping the young actors and actresses.

This musical is not limited to Bishop Sullivan’s students; the auditions were open to others in the community. Many students from the middle school’s around the area auditioned. Some of the schools are St. Patrick’s, St. Gregory’s, St. John’s, Great Neck Middle School and Kempsville Middle School.

“I’m happy middle schoolers auditioned. It’s a great way to interest children to our school and theatre,”said senior Sara Hutchens, who plays the Magic Carpet in the musical.

“It’s a good collaboration of Bishop Sullivan and theatrical talent brought from outside,” Mrs. Smith said,

According to Musical Theatre International,Aladdin Jr.” is about, “The street urchin Aladdin vies for the attention of the beautiful princess Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more are here in Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.,” a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and the power of love.”

This musical is something everyone can enjoy since the story is well known.

“The Aladdin name draws in people because it’s Disney. Shows that do well are those widely recognized,” said Mrs. Smith.

The lead, Jasmine, will be played by junior Ms. Olivia Pellegrino.

“Oliva has a beautiful voice and she makes a great lead,” Mrs. Smith said.

Ms. Pellegrino, being the lead, must perform a ‘triple threat” musical which means she will need to be able to dance, sing and act. Luckily, everyone has complete confidence in Ms. Pellegrino’s ability to play the role as Jasmine.

“Olivia makes a good lead, she’s very strong and this will be good experience for her.” Mrs. Hutchens said.

Everyone in the theatre company has confidence that this musical will be a success. The cast has great chemistry.

“ It’s a fun environment,” Ms. Hutchens said.

Now, it’s up to you to decide for yourself! Please come out and watch Bishop Sullivan’s “Aladdin Jr.”


March 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 pm including a matinee at 2:30 on the 5th

Price: $10 a ticket

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