Aladdin to sweep in

Musical production to be staged by high school

Final rehearsals are under way for Cayman Prep and High School’s annual school musical, which this year is Disney’s Aladdin.

There will be four performances from 7-9 April,

The story is based on the Arab folktale of Aladdin and the magic lamp from One Thousand and One Nights. In the heart of an enchanted city, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey, Abu, battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine.

Aladdin’s whole life changes with one rub of a magic lamp as a fun-loving, shape-shifting Genie appears and grants him three wishes, setting him on an incredible journey of discovery.

Through his adventures, Aladdin proves that he is a prince where it truly matters most – on the inside.

Following on from the success of last year’s production of Rats, Aladdin features more than 60 cast members from Year 7 to Year 12, who are supported by the school band playing the popular Disney musical score, which contains old favourites such as A Whole New World and Prince Ali.

Ruth-Beth Jackson and Stryker Ebanks share the title role as the charismatic street rat who falls in love with Princess Jasmine, played by Ally Artuch and Emily Scott.

There are also notable performances by the scheming villain (Hannah Phillip), his sarcastic sidekick who takes the form of a parrot (Gabriella Law) and the pompous yet fatherly Sultan (Sarah Potkins).

The role of the Genie is shared by Kaylyn Bodden and Caitlin Westerborg, each of whom portrays this funny, melodramatic and captivating character.

Director Kathryn Griffiths said she is extremely pleased with the progress of the production so far.

“This year’s show is proving to be another fun and exciting time for all of our cast members, as well as a great opportunity to showcase the strong cohort of talent that we have here at Cayman Prep,” she said.

The addition of the school’s drama studio, funded by a donation from Butterfield, has provided the students with a dedicated rehearsal space.

The Butterfield Arts Studio has also provided an ample facility in which to teach the drama curriculum and to expand future drama opportunities at the school.

Tickets are available at the school office. They are $15 for adults, $10 for students ages five-18, and $5 for those under five.