Magic mo­ment for Craigie mum

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - EX­CLU­SIVE Tanya MacNaughton

ALADDIN the Mu­si­cal showed dreams re­ally can come true with the magic of Dis­ney af­ter Craigie’s Justin Jor­dan ap­proached Com­mu­nity News last month.

The fa­ther of two shared the story of his part­ner Rachel Carter’s health bat­tle pre and post-lower spinal surgery af­ter the birth of their sons Char­lie (6) and Rhys (5).

What made the jour­ney hard­est for Carter to en­dure was it pre­vented her from do­ing some­thing she loved most: belly danc­ing, which is how the cou­ple met.

“In 2006, Rachel ap­plied along with some­thing like 40,000 peo­ple world­wide to dance at Tokyo Dis­ney­land and she got the fi­nal nod for it,” Jor­dan said.

“She had a 12-month con­tract with Dis­ney danc­ing in the Aladdin show, six shows a day, seven days a week.

“Other than hav­ing kids, it was one of the most scary, ex­cit­ing and fun ex­pe­ri­ences of her life.”

When Carter was given tick­ets for her fam­ily to see

Aladdin the Mu­si­cal at Crown Theatre Perth as a thank you gift by a for­mer dance stu­dent, Jor­dan was given the idea to ex­tend the sur­prise and asked if Com­mu­nity News could help or­gan­ise a meet and greet for his part­ner with Ge­nie, played by Gareth Ja­cobs, af­ter the show.

Fol­low­ing more phone calls and emails, the plan was in place and Carter re­ceived the shock of her life af­ter the Sun­day mati­nee per­for­mance when she was ap­proached by a com­pany mem­ber.

“She thought she was in trou­ble for some­thing,” Jor­dan said. “She was in awe when we got to go back­stage and was in tears of joy that con­tin­ued for about three hours after­wards.

“They had a chat and it turned out some ac­quain­tances Ge­nie (Ja­cobs) knows were dancers Rachel danced with in Ja­pan. It’s a small world in Dis­ney.

“I also tried to get some an­swers to how the car­pet flew, but no one would tell me any­thing other than ‘Dis­ney magic’.

“To give us that time was very ap­pre­ci­ated be­cause ev­ery­one in Aladdin is so busy.

“There are still peo­ple in the world with good hearts who are will­ing to help, which is what I wanted to show Rachel af­ter what she’s been through.

“I quite of­ten re­fer to her as my Dis­ney princess.”

Rachel Carter meets the Ge­nie (Gareth Ja­cobs) on stage.

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