Originally Published: June 28, 2018 3:45 p.m.
One Stage Family Theatre is putting on three showings of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” this weekend, the first time the company has ever put on a Disney show, said Co-Director Tamee Niekamp.
The idea to do Aladdin Jr. actually came from the kids who wanted to do it for the summer show, Niekamp said.
“We had a bunch of kids talk about wanting to do Aladdin,” she said. “Then we said ‘if we’re going to do Aladdin, we want to do Disney’s version.”
Sometimes when there’s an off-Broadway version of a show, there’s different songs or different characters, but doing Disney’s version means retaining the familiar songs, storyline and characters, Niekamp said.
Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, and at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Franklin Phonetic School, 6116 E. Highway 69. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children younger than 5 and can be purchased at the door or by messaging One Stage Family Theatre on Facebook at www.facebook.com/onestagefamilytheatre.
Everyone in the cast is younger than 18, with the youngest being 3 and the oldest having recently turned 16, Niekamp said. Aladdin, played by Tristan Hepker, is 15, she said.
Usually, the kids aren’t able to get onto the big stage until a couple days before opening night, but they’ve been able to be there a week early because school’s out, Niekamp said, adding that it’s been a neat opportunity for them to see the set come alive.
While Disney versions of the shows are supposed to be only an hour long, this one will have an intermission and be about an hour and a half, Niekamp said.
Other members of the crew include Shana Lujan as musical director and co-director, Lexe Niekamp as choreographer, and Nolan Charles as assistant director. Charles’ last performance in Prescott was in “Footloose” five years ago before he left to perform in Disneyland and now he’s back, Tamee Niekamp said.
“He’s been helping us and we’ve been helping him get back into theater,” she said, noting that he’s been helping the kids with their “singing or getting into character.”