On Sale to FlexTix & SCOOPS – July 1, 2024
On Sale to the Public – July 8, 2024

It’s Not What is Outside, But What Is Inside That Counts.

Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin KIDS is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her.  Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin KIDS, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.

Modeled after the Junior Theater Festival Experience, our For Kids By Kids Summer Camps are designed to blend our skills-based and performance classes. Not only will students work on a JR. or Kids length production (minus the technical elements) but also receive intensives in acting, singing, and dancing at camp. With only the tools of the actor (imagination, body, voice) our summer camp productions are performed in the great tradition of Shakespeare’s Old Globe, using nothing but a bare stage, simple lighting, and team-work to effectively tell a great story. With only a two-week commitment, this is a great introduction for families interested in trying theater training for the first time, and also excellent continued practice for the experienced young actor, and those who are considering auditioning for our Performance Team, and competing with us at Junior Theater Festival.

Opens: Friday, July 26, 2024
Closes: Sunday, July 28, 2024
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse,
on the campus of Centenary College

Music | ALAN MENKEN
Lyrics | HOWARD ASHMAN & TIM RICE
Book | DAVID SIMPATICO
Music Adaptation & Arrangment | BRYAN LOUISELLE
Based on the 1992 Disney Film Aladdin

Schedule:
FRIDAY | JULY 26 | 6:00 PM (Flying Carpet Cast)
SATURDAY | JULY 27 | 2:00 PM (Flying Carpet Cast) & 6:00 PM (Magic Lamp Cast)
SUNDAY | JULY 28 | 2:00 PM (Magic Lamp Cast)

Tickets: On Sale to the Public July 8, 2024.
All Tickets: $10.

Direction | LIESL CRUZ
Music Direction | EDDIE CARNEY
Choreography | ANNE BROWN

Disney’s Aladdin (Kids Edition) is presented through special arrangement with
Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.mtishows.com

2024 SUMMER CAMP
Disney’s Aladdin (Kids Edition)
ENROLLMENT & TIMELINE

ENROLLMENT (grades K-8) & TIMELINE
Enroll Now for “Early Bird” pricing (open April 22 – May 3 | Regular Enrollment will be open June 24-28, or until we reach capacity)
ENROLLMENT INFO |
Who: Any student who will have completed K-8th grade is invited to enroll, regardless of experience level. We encourage you to enroll early, as we are expecting to reach capacity quickly, and a wait-list will be implemented once all spots are filled. All students who are wait-listed will be given the opportunity to audition.
How: Starting Monday, April 22, Enroll HERE any time through Friday, May 3, 2024, or until we reach our maximum capacity, whichever happens first. Once we receive your online enrollment, you will receive an invoice for tuition via email. Upon payment, your enrollment will be considered complete, and you will receive an email confirmation with more details. NOTE: Audition information is only available to enrolled & waitlisted students. You will receive those details in your confirmation email once we receive your tuition payment.
Where: All rehearsals will take place at Stage Center Studios at Grace, 9400 Ellerbe Road, until we move to Marjorie Lyons Playhouse to perform.
Cost: “Early Bird” – $200.00 tuition due no later than May 3, 2024. Payment options & scholarships may be available – Contact us for more information. (One Official Show T-Shirt is included with tuition.
Enrollment: Early Bird April 22 – May 3 & Regular June 24 – 28
IMPORTANT NOTE ON OUR CORE VALUES: Before enrolling in our summer camp, please consider the following…
**You are agreeing to commit your child to the class’s production and schedule. At Stage Center’s SoPA we believe that a good process begets a good product. Every enrolled student will be required to audition as a part of this process. The audition is for the instructors to assess each student’s skill-level and vocal/physical type so that they can be placed in the role that best serves the production and our educational goals. We do not cast based on seniority within the company, nor do we pre-cast any role on student productions. The cast list will be posted before the start of camp. We are not interested in working with students and families who are only seeking leading or featured roles. All students interested in our camps and classes are taught to show up with open minds and hearts, eager to have a life-enriching experience. We teach that theater is about an ensemble coming together to tell a story, and every person involved has a vital role for its success. No absences are allowed during our two weeks of camp.  NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED TO STUDENTS WHO WITHDRAW AFTER COMPLETING ENROLLMENT. A $30.00 late fee will be added to any invoice not paid by the due date.

Saturday, June 29 | Audition workshop for enrolled & wait-listed students: 10:00am-11:00am K-2nd (Magic Lamp), 11:00am-12:30pm 3rd – 8th (Magic Lamp) | 2:00pm-3:00pm K-2nd (Flying Carpet), 3:00pm-4:30pm 3rd-8th (Flying Carpet)
**Enrollment will be capped once we reach our threshold, so sign up early!

WEEK ONE – Stage Center Studios
MON, July 15 – 9:00am-12:00pm (Magic Lamp Cast) | 2:00pm-5:00pm (Flying Carpet Cast)
TUE, July 16 – 9:00am-12:00pm (Magic Lamp Cast) | 2:00pm-5:00pm (Flying Carpet Cast)
WED, July 17 – 9:00am-12:00pm (Magic Lamp Cast) | 2:00pm-5:00pm (Flying Carpet Cast)
THU, July 18 – 9:00am-12:00pm (Magic Lamp Cast) | 2:00pm-5:00pm (Flying Carpet Cast)
FRI, July 19 – 9:00am-12:00pm (Magic Lamp Cast) | 2:00pm-5:00pm (Flying Carpet Cast)

WEEK TWO – Marjorie Lyons Playhouse
MON, July 22 – 9:00am-12:00pm (Magic Lamp Cast) | 2:00pm-5:00pm (Flying Carpet Cast)
TUE, July 23 – 9:00am-12:00pm (Magic Lamp Cast) | 2:00pm-5:00pm (Flying Carpet Cast)
WED, July 24 – 9:00am-12:00pm (Magic Lamp Cast) | 2:00pm-5:00pm (Flying Carpet Cast)
THU, July 25 – 9:00am-12:00pm (Magic Lamp Cast) | 2:00pm-5:00pm (Flying Carpet Cast)
FRI, July 26 – 2:00pm-5:00pm (Flying Carpet Cast) | 5:00pm Call, 6:00pm GO (Opening/Performance #1 – Flying Carpet Cast)
SAT, July 27 – 9:00am-12:00pm (Magic Lamp) | 1:00 Call, 2:00 GO (Perf. #2 – Flying Carpet Cast) |  5:00pm Call, 6:00pm GO (Opening/Performance #1 – Magic Lamp)
SUN, July 28 – 1:00pm Call, 2:00pm GO (Perf. #2 – Magic Lamp Cast)
+STRIKE/LOAD-OUT (Mandatory for all cast/crew members, and volunteer help is requested. Everyone should plan to stay an extra 30 minutes to clean out spaces/return any props)

 

Meet Your Camp Staff

Liesl Cruz - Camp Director

Liesl Cruz – Director of Education for Stage Center’s SoPA and active performer in the Shreveport/Bossier arts community, Liesl moved to Shreveport 8 years ago and quickly found her way into the very active art scene.

An avid performer and educator she has more than 30 years of experience in the arts, 20 of which has been devoted to the education of children, youth, and adults. In addition to serving as DoE for Stage Center and teaching Levels 1 & 2 of Triple Threat, and Levels 3 & 4 of acting, Liesl also owns her own private voice studio, serves as a staff musician for FUMC, and performs regularly with the Shreveport Opera, Shreveport Little Theatre, the Emmet Hook Center, and of course Stage Center. Most recently you will have seen her in Shreveport Opera’s Date Night as a variety of eccentric characters or Emmet Hook Center’s The Sound of Music as none other than Maria Von Trapp.

She holds a MS in Early Childhood Education with a focus in Music & the Visual Arts from Indiana University, a BM in vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University, is certified in all three levels of Somatic Voicework™ , and continues her education by attending workshops and seminars in all topics related to the theater arts as she is able.

Nothing brings Liesl more joy than watching her students gain confidence as they work to develop their Triple Threat skills and fall in love with the art of Story Telling.

Eddie Carney - Music Director

Eddie Carney is a music director, conductor, and accompanist based out of Shreveport, Louisiana, and he is thrilled to be returning to Stage Center!

Beginning his career at fourteen, Eddie’s credits span the entire musical theatre canon from Show Boat to Chicago to Shrek the Musical. His touring credits include The Cher Show (1st National MD), Legally Blonde (MD ’22-’23 / Associate Music Director 2019), South Pacific (MD), An American in Paris (MD), and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (AMD).

In August 2022, Eddie had the honor of serving as Associate Music Director on A Chorus Line directed by original 1975 Broadway cast member, Baayork Lee, in Tokyo, Japan. Other credits include Caroline or Change, Ragtime, Carousel, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, La Cage aux Folles, Finian’s Rainbow, Sunday in the Park with George.

While living in New York City, he had the honor of accompanying platinum recording artist Josh Groban and Tony Award-winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden). Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Eddie holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from Ashland University.

Anne Brown- Choreographer

Anne Nichols Brown has been performing on stage and in front of a camera for most of her life; starting out at Strauss Little Theatre in Monroe at the age of 6. After landing her first lead role as Stuart Little in Stuart Little, there was no going back. Through dancing with Twin City Ballet’s senior company, signing with Landrum Arts, graduating Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts, performing with CA Studio in roles such as Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, performing at Canterbury as Lorna in Out of Love, Natalie Talmadge in Stoneface: The rise and fall and rise of Buster Keaton…she continues to chase her dreams on screen and on stage. Her most recent work includes originating the role of Harper in the Aquatics television series, starting up Paralleled Studios: private lessons for the performing arts, and taking part in a SAG feature out of New Orleans.

“‘I Like to Move It Move It’ is the absolute highlight of the show, totally bringing the house down! This is truly a treat for all ages…” – London Review

“One of Dreamworks’ funniest cartoons has been taken and magic’ed up an all-singing, all-dancing, musical delight.” – Sardines Magazine

“The kids loved it from the start and couldn’t stop talking about it as we left.” – Box Office Bloggers

ALADDIN CAST

Aladdin
Aladdin, a poor street urchin, longs to do the right thing, but sometimes loses his way. He’s the thief with a heart of gold, so cast your most charismatic actor with the versatility to play both the playful prankster and caring lead. Make sure he has the vocal chops to carry this heavy- singing role. Gender: Male | Vocal range top: Eb5, Vocal range bottom: A3

Genie
Genie is the fun-loving, scene-stealing wisecracker who lives in the lamp and yearns to be free. Genie doesn’t need to be your strongest singer or dancer – look for an actor with great comic timing and a flashy and fun sense of showmanship. Gender: Any | Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: B3

Iago
Iago is the fawning and funny parrot and sidekick to Jafar. With only a few lyrics to sing, focus on finding an actor who can execute this lackey’s many sarcastic asides with comedic flair. Gender: Any | Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Jafar
Jafar is the power-hungry and crooked Royal Vizier. Cast a strong actor who can sing (or speak in rhythm) and portray both sides of Jafar’s two- faced personality – loyal advisor to the Sultan and scheming villain – as well as pull off delicious comedic moments with his lackey Iago. Gender: Male | Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Jasmine
Jasmine, the Princess of Agrabah, longs to experience the world outside the palace walls. Curious and assertive, she knows what she wants and craves the freedom to create change and help the people of her kingdom. Cast a strong actor and singer who can portray both the caring lead and a young woman caught between her responsibilities to her people and to herself. Gender: Female| Vocal range top: Eb5, Vocal range bottom: B3

Lamp Vendor
The Lamp Salesman is a likeable fast-talking vendor who serves as the principal storyteller in our show. The student playing this role should be comfortable onstage and have a clear speaking voice. Since this is not a major singing role, it is ideal for a strong actor still developing his or her singing skills. Gender: Any| Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: D4

Sultan
Sultan, the warm-hearted ruler who dotes on his daughter, is committed to upholding the ancient laws of Agrabah. Focus on finding an actor who can play this father figure convincingly. Gender: Male

Ensemble
The Ensemble includes Djinn, magical theatrical spirits of the lamp; Agrabahns, citizens of Agrabah; palace Guards; hungry Beggars in the marketplace; Skeletons of past prisoner of the royal dungeon; and Prince Ali’s Entourage.

Djinn are the spirits of the lamp who help execute the magic of the story and sing with Genie in “Friend Like Me.” Look for performers with a sense of theatricality and movement – you may choose to use them as featured dancers in “Friend Like Me.”

Agrabahns, the citizens of Agrabah who help to create the bustling marketplace, can include street performers, snake charmers, shoppers, fortune tellers, and families.

Guards follow Jafar’s orders. While there are only four solo singing roles, feel free to include as many additional guards as you like in your production.

Beggars are a small group with whom Aladdin briefly interacts and who sing one lyric as a group; feel free to cast as many or as few as best suits your production.

The Skeletons of past prisoners come to life in the palace’s dungeon to sing the “Dungeon Ditty.” For this group, look for performers who can both move and sing well.

The Entourage helps to create the spectacular parade of “Prince Ali” through the royal palace. Gender: Any

Bread Vendor
Bread Vendor is an aggravated seller in the marketplace from whom Aladdin steals. Gender: Any

Fruit Vendor
Fruit Vendor is a friendly merchant in the marketplace. Gender: Any

Prince Abdullah
Prince Abdullah, Prince Hassim, and Prince Malik are the royal suitors who aspire to marry Jasmine. These pompous princes are more interested in becoming Sultan than getting to know the Princess, so cast three actors who can humorously convey different levels of clichéd coolness.

Prince Hassim
Prince Abdullah, Prince Hassim, and Prince Malik are the royal suitors who aspire to marry Jasmine. These pompous princes are more interested in becoming Sultan than getting to know the Princess, so cast three actors who can humorously convey different levels of clichéd coolness. Gender: Male

Prince Malik
Prince Abdullah, Prince Hassim, and Prince Malik are the royal suitors who aspire to marry Jasmine. These pompous princes are more interested in becoming Sultan than getting to know the Princess, so cast three actors who can humorously convey different levels of clichéd coolness. Gender: Male

Cave Guardian
The Cave Guardian is the ominous guard who instructs Aladdin to touch only the lamp. You may choose to cast this role as an onstage character or as an offstage voice. Gender: Any

Avis
Avis, a magical flying carpet, can be approached in a number of ways (see Director’s Guide for costuming ideas) – either presented more literally as a carpet or, more expressionistically as a dancer who works with a stretch of fabric or dons a creative costume. Regardless of your vision for this character, Avis doesn’t speak, so look for a performer who can articulate storytelling through both facial expressions and movement. Gender: Any

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