Dublin Jerome High School's production of "Aladdin Jr." has given junior Katie Liepelt the opportunity to see the school's theater from a new perspective -- several feet above the stage, to be specific.

Liepelt, 16, plays Genie in the musical and is one of a handful of students who "fly" via suspension cables for the performance.

She will be in a harness supported by cables as crew members pull her up and down.

For two weeks so far she has practiced flying and learned how to somersault in the air. That particular move, she said, requires core strength.

"Once you get the hang of it, it's actually really easy to just keep going," Liepelt said.

In addition to Genie, the characters Jafar and Iago also fly during the performance, said director Patricia Scott. Jasmine and Aladdin fly via their magic carpet.

"It adds an air of magic," she said.

Each of the five flying roles is double cast, so each student performs two shows, Scott said.

The goal, she said, was to prevent training someone at the last minute if someone had to drop out of a performance.

The school works with Kentucky-based ZFX Flying to install tracks and pulley systems to enable students to defy gravity for the show, Scott said.

Previous productions at Jerome that incorporated flying include "Peter Pan," "Mary Poppins" and "The Wizard of Oz."

This show includes a cast of 19 students and a crew of between 30 to 40 students, said senior Julia Mazurek, who is the production's assistant director.

"Aladdin Jr." is also Jerome's annual kids show, in which central Ohio elementary school students participate in the show as part of Jerome's drama camp.

"Aladdin" features about 150 kids, Mazurek said.

"It's really fun for them just to get a taste of theater," Mazurek said.

Mazurek, 17, is a theater camp alumna herself, attending Jerome's camp twice when she was 9 and 10 years old.

"That's really what got me into performing," she said.

"Aladdin Jr." will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Jerome, 8300 Hyland-Croy Road.

Tickets can be purchased at showtix4u.com or at the door and are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

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