The following is a guest article by Vanessa Ovian:
Burlington Educational Summer Theatre (BEST) returns to the stage of the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, the theater at , this summer with Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” Performances will take place on July 28 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm.
Adapted from the favorite Disney animated film, “Aladdin Jr.” fills the stage with wonder and amazement as the cast transforms the stage into “Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail!”
With an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menkin and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, unforgettable songs include “Arabian Nights,” “A Friend Like Me,” “A Whole New World,” and more.
Leading the cast are Patrick Creedon as Aladdin, Jade Gordon as Jasmine, Timmy Sullivan as Iago, Crystal Curran as Jafar, Clara Hevia as Genie, Sara Cannalonga as Magic Carpet, Miranda Russo as Razoul and Amanda Melin as Sultan.
BEST, a summer enrichment program sponsored by the Burlington Public Schools, strives to give young students a solid basis of experience and knowledge in theatre arts so they can grow and develop as performers.
Executive Director John Middleton-Cox is joined by highly qualified and professional teachers who instruct students in singing, acting and dancing. Among the creative staff members are April Foley as Artistic & Music Director, Leanne Reardon as choreographer, Maura Lyons as Assistant Director, Eric Leva as Assistant Music Director, and Kristin Healey as Assistant Choreographer, Peter Waldron as Scenic Designer and Maureen Tierson Krebs as Costume Designer.
The BEST performances of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. will take place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington. Reserved seating tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens, $15 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at www.BurlingtonTheatre.com or by phone at 781-A-FUN-TIC. Fogelberg Performing Arts Center is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.
For more information on Burlington Educational Summer Theatre, staff biographies, and other information about Burlington High School theatre, please visit www.BurlingtonTheatre.com.