The show, directed by Sonja Zodrow, commenced with Scheherazade played by Aislin Mowbray relaying the story of how Aladdin came about. This was most helpful as it indicated which version we would see as there has been so many variations in the not so distant past. Aislin’s magnificent costume set the tone for all the costumes which were outstanding.
The opening number included most of the seventy strong cast keeping in time with the simple but very effective choreography.
Toby Vincent as Aladdin and Leila Cudsi as Princess Yasmin both played their lead roles with dexterity which then led a strong cast to follow suit. Zac Moody as the Emperor and Matilda Doughty as the Empress were believable.
At times the audio was a little hard to hear from some of the cast but Demelza Metha as Guard Zahir made a formidable entrance with her actions and in particular her very strong and clear voice. The other standouts were Lazuli Chittleborough as Abanazar and
Luka Bolte as the Genie.
The ensemble or ensembles were made up of seven well-rehearsed groups Genies & Petal Kids, Street kids & Processional, Street Rats & Princesses & Prince’s Guards, Royal Attendants, Hawkers, Citzens & Royal Guards, then another group of Citizens. They were a credit to all involved with the rehearsing of these groups.
The sets were cleverly defined between the Market Place and the Widow’s Courtyard and then the complete change to the Palace and then the Cave were quietly and seamlessly carried out. The sets were enhanced by the clever lighting
At times the action seemed a little slow but is only a very minor criticism to what otherwise was a delight to see so many young people performing and enjoying their roles. The singing and dancing finale with the entire cast was most memorable.