Magic of Rotto en­thrals Aladdin stars

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Aladdin the Mu­si­cal stars have picked up some show­biz tips from the hum­ble quokka. Ains­ley Mel­ham (Aladdin),

Gareth Ja­cobs (Ge­nie) and

Shub­shri Kan­diah (Princess Jas­mine) ven­tured over to

Rot­tnest Is­land on their day off and tracked down one of the mar­su­pi­als to cap­ture a “quokka selfie”.

Mel­ham joked the crit­ters were true pro­fes­sion­als in front of the cam­era.

“They were re­ally oblig­ing,” the WAAPA-trained per­former told AAA with a laugh.

“We thought we would have to walk around and find the quokka and I thought it would be like this whole stealth mis­sion, but they were re­ally lovely and friendly.

“Ob­vi­ously you try to be re­spect­ful and not freak them out but we even man­aged to get a few where he looked like he was smil­ing.”

Mel­ham said it was a treat to be able to re­lax on the is­land dur­ing their rest day.

“We had been talk­ing about it for quite a while, so it was def­i­nitely on our to-do list,” he said. “I have been be­fore when

‘We make it our mis­sion to go out and I’ve been show­ing some of the cast around.’

I was here study­ing at WAAPA and I was keen to get back.

“Fun­nily enough, Shub­shri grew up in Perth but had never been, so I was like, ‘we have to get over there be­cause it’s part of be­ing a Perth lo­cal’.” Now half­way through the ac­claimed WA sea­son of Aladdin at Crown Theatre — it con­tin­ues un­til Oc­to­ber 28 — Mel­ham has en­joyed be­ing reac­quainted with Perth.

He said his ex­plo­rations showed how much the city had changed since he was a stu­dent here, while vis­its to Kings Park and small cof­fee shops gave him a sense of nostal­gia.

“We make it our mis­sion to go out and I’ve been show­ing some of the cast around,” Mel­ham said. “Lit­tle day trips on the week­end and ex­cur­sions makes our time here re­ally en­joy­able — it breaks up be­ing in a dark theatre five days a week.”

Aladdin the Mu­si­cal stars Ains­ley Mel­ham (Aladdin), Shub­shri Kan­diah (Princess Jas­mine) and Gareth Ja­cobs (Ge­nie) with a furry friend at Rot­tnest Is­land.

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