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'Aladdin Jr.' to be performed on Dublin Coffman stage

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The streets of Agrabah will come to Dublin Coffman High School for the latest production.

The Coffman Drama Club and Coffman Theatre Ensemble will stage Aladdin Jr. at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18; Saturday, Oct. 19; Oct. 24 and 26 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 26.

The musical is similar to the popular Disney movie in many ways and includes songs such as Friend Like Me, Whole New World and Prince Ali.

"It will feel very familiar," Director Dan Stowell said.

Special effects will be used for the production through flying characters and carpet, a first for Stowell.

"There's a flying carpet in a couple of scenes," he said.

"We use it sparingly for the shock factor."

The high school production has some limitations the animated Disney film didn't have, but Stowell said they make up for it in humor.

"(In the movie), the flying carpet dances around. We can't do that," he said. "It's apples to oranges, but they're both great fruits.

"The little kids will laugh, but there are jokes for adults too ... . There's a lot of comedy stuff that plays live that they couldn't do in the movie."

Choreography and great voices have also been added to the production to try to stack up to the movie version.

"We have a great choreographer," Stowell said, adding that Robin Williams, especially when animated, is hard to compete with. "She keeps (the actors) moving and keeps the audience engaged."

As the junior version of the show, the musical is aimed at families with an 80-minute run time and lots of laughs.

Young actors have also been incorporated into the production with a drama camp. Dublin elementary students can act in one scene of the show after participating in a day-long drama camp.

"I always wanted to expand the program," Stowell said, adding that some students return to the stage year after year.

Tickets to the Arabian musical are $6 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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