‘Aladdin Jr.’ is sure to excite all ages

Dakari Ince (Genie) and Josiah Edwards (Aladdin) pose for a recent photo. Alamance Children’s Theatre is presenting “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” for two weekends, starting Friday at the Paramount Theater in Burlington. / Logan A. White, Times-News correspondent

Reviewed by Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent

   An exciting mix of comedy, romance, and of course lots of action, Alamance Children’s Theatre’s “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” makes for the perfect weekend outing for the whole family. The hilarious script, lively singing and even some emotional moments will keep you entertained from the opening overture all the way to the closing curtain call. It’s extremely obvious that hours of hard work have gone into this production, including the realistic set, the gorgeous costumes, and of course the wonderfully talented actors themselves.
“Aladdin Jr.” tells the story of Princess Jasmine (Emerson Welborn), who is being forced into an arranged marriage by her kingdom and her father, the great Sultan (Andrew Altmann). She refuses to comply with this plan, and runs away, only to come across the “street rat,” Aladdin (Josiah Edwards). Meanwhile, the evil, brooding villain Jafar (Brandon Hunt) is trying to destroy Aladdin and gain all power of the kingdom but putting himself onto the throne as Jasmine’s husband. In order to find out what happens next, you have to come watch the show for yourself.
All of the people in this production are talented actors, as well as singers and dancers. However, there are a few performances that stood out.
First is Andrew Altmann as Princess Jasmine’s father, the honored Sultan. Altmann doesn’t portray a major character, but he doesn’t let that get in the way of bringing life to the role. He does an amazing job of acting as the kind, gracious, ruler of Agrabah.
The second performance that is well-executed is the role of the malicious villain Jafar, portrayed by Brandon Hunt. Hunt does an excellent job of playing a villain, from his tone of voice, his body language, and even his iconic evil laugh.
Third is Josiah Edwards as the main character, Aladdin. Edwards’ different facial expressions as Aladdin throughout the show are probably my favorite part of his character. He does an exceptional job of performing the challenging role of a main character.
And lastly, Dakari Ince as the goofy, good-natured Genie. Ince does an outstanding job of performing this role. His movement, tone, and facial expressions would make Robin Williams proud, and his passion and dedication he has for this role is extremely evident.

“Aladdin Jr.” is a show you shouldn’t miss. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. March 18-19 and 2 p.m. March 20 at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington.

Hollyann Gardner is a freshman home-schooler and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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