MEREDITH — The fabled hero Aladdin, a beautiful princess, a golden lamp, and an evil magician named Abanazar will all be making appearances at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse this holiday season when they present Aladdin, a family holiday musical from Friday, December 19 through Saturday, January 3.
Featuring sensational songs, dynamic dance, silly slapstick and mysterious magic, this zany and interactive show will be a treat for audience members of all ages and families are encouraged to come as a group. The show is specifically written with jokes that will appeal to young children, along with double entendres and humor aimed directly at adults. A mixture of favorite pop songs, coupled with classic musical theatre tunes, will also have wide appeal.
This new version of Aladdin is written and directed by the Playhouse's Artistic Director, Neil Pankhurst. It will encourage kids to get involved in the action, asking them to "boo" the villain, cheer the hero and help the cast along the way. Says Pankhurst, "the show will be fun, silly, and interactive. Parents who worry that their four year old can't sit quietly in the theater should rest assured that Aladdin will keep them interested, engaged, and shouting at the stage – on purpose!"
Audiences expecting A Whole New World will soon learn that this isn't Disney's Aladdin. This version of Aladdin goes back to the original tale which is actually set in China, not the Middle East. The sets, designed by Dan Daly, and costumes by designer Danee Grillo, are decidedly Asian-themed.
The cast includes favorite professional actors from the Playhouse's summer productions, plus some talented locals. The Playhouse was delighted to team up with three local dance schools whose students will be performing in the children's dance chorus. Local dancers from Lakes Region Dance in Moultonboro, The Studio in Meredith, and Edgewater Academy of Dance in Gilford will all share the stage with talented professional and local actors.
Aladdin will run for twelve performances over the holiday period with different performance times to accommodate many different family's schedules. Tickets cost $19 for adults and $16 for children. A family pack of six tickets is available for $84. Balcony tickets for all performances run $12 per person. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.
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