BLACKFOOT — The cast is ready; the stage is set. The musical, “Aladdin Junior,” opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC).
The musical runs through Friday, April 22, except Sunday and Wednesday.
With a cast of 40 Blackfoot High School (BHS) students, Agrabah, City of Enchantment, comes to life.
It's all here—the costumes, the music, the mystery.
Daniel Burt plays Aladdin, Shameen (Meena) Hajazi plays Jasmine, Logan Lindholm is the Sultan and Brett Coles plays Jafar.
"Blackfoot has incredible talent in their students," said director Sharon Hoge. “Everyone who tried out is in the show.”
The difference between “Aladdin” and “Aladdin Junior” is the junior version does not have a live orchestra, she said.
Without a live orchestra, a lot of the orchestra members tried out for parts and are on stage, Hoge said.
Students have practiced for a month on this production. Most practices have been scheduled from 6 -7:30 a.m. to accommodate students' schedules, the director said.
"The crew is dedicated and very busy," Hoge said. "We have a lot of fun; I really enjoy it."
“It’s been really fun,” Daniel Burt said. “I'm working hard on all my lines and songs."
"I've wanted to play the role of Jasmine since I was 4-years-old," Meena Hajazi said. "I would take my mom's jewelry and get in her heels to dance around the room."
"I pretended my bed was the carpet," Hajazi said.
Speaking of the musical she said, "Everything is going so well."
Chandler Clark, who plays Abu, said, "I don't think I've worked harder in my life."
Haley Krehbiel, who plays Carpet, said, "This musical is really different because inanimate objects are characters; they interact with the people characters. It's cool."
Donald Roos, who plays Genie, said, "We open in a week; I can't wait," said Donald Roos, who plays Genie. "We've come a long way in a short time."
Hoge learned the Disney corporation will open “Aladdin,” as a full-blown musical this fall in Seattle.
"That's why they wouldn't release the orchestral part," Hoge said.
“Three engineers from the Idaho National Laboratory have helped with the set,” she said.
“We have a flying carpet,” Hoge said. “We’ve been engineering the carpet for months.”
After each show, for $5, children can ride the flying carpet and have their picture taken on it.
“One hundred percent of these proceeds will go to help finance the next musical,” Hoge said.
All seats for "Aladdin" are general seating. Tickets cost $7 per seat. Tickets can be purchased at the Blackfoot School District office, 270 E. Bridge St., the BPAC website (BlackfootPAC.com), the Blackfoot High School office, 870 S. Fisher, and at the door.