Aladdin Trou­ble at Green­park School

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GREEN­PARK School is ready for its senior pro­duc­tion, which has all the great el­e­ments of pan­tomime— fun, laugh­ter, dance, song, good­ies and bad­dies — and of course a ge­nie that leaps out of a lamp.

Aladdin Trou­ble is a pan­tomime-mu­si­cal with catchy songs, colour­ful cos­tumes and a cheeky story line which is a spoof on the orig­i­nal Aladdin script.

About 130 chil­dren from Green­park School will be on­stage per­form­ing the mu­si­cal, which has about 65 spo­ken parts.

Mu­sic teacher and show di­rec­tor Judy Inkster says they choose Aladdin Trou­ble be­cause it was age ap­pro­pri­ate, but it also pro­vided a large num­ber of speak­ing parts.

“It’s great to pro­mote a mu­si­cal which as many parts,” she says.

“Chil­dren feel priv­i­leged if they just get one line and it al­lows more chil­dren a chance.

“It makes them feel special and they take the time to per­fect it.”

Chil­dren from the art ex­ten­sion group have been busy with set de­sign and props, Judy says, and the cast is sup­ported by a great back­stage team as well.

Judy de­scribes the show as more quirky and funny than the orig­i­nal Aladdin with added scenes, more danc­ing and orig­i­nal mu­sic. Aladdin Trou­ble fea­tures char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Princess Jas­mine, the wicked Abanazar, Widow Twankey and of course, the Ge­nie.

‘‘Chil­dren feel priv­i­leged if they just get one line and it al­lows more chil­dren a chance. It makes them feel special and they take the time to per­fect it.’’ Judy Inkster, di­rec­tor

PHOTO/Jo Har­vey Pho­tos edited by Hirini Thomp­son and Kodie Sav­ill

Os­car Jo­han­son, 10, plays Aladdin on the magic car­pet.

PHOTO/Jo Har­vey

AladdinTrou­ble fea­tures Melissa Lovell, 10, with Macken­zie Ho­haia, 10, Zoe Hume, 10, Leonelle Mathee, 9 and Vella Hawk­ings, 9 as the Gems.

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