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DATE: April 1, 2008

Media Contact: Michelle Sanders, Public Relations Manager

(425) 392-1942 x124


FLY your magic carpet to Village Theatre

for the KIDSTAGE ENSEMBLE Production

of Disney’s Aladdin Jr.
Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice

Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Jim Luigs

Music Adapted and Arranged by Bryan Louiselle

Based on the Screenplay by Ron Clements and John Musker; Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio

Directed by Charissa Bertels

Choreographed by Eia Waltzer

Musical Direction by Orlando Morales
Where: First Stage Theatre

120 Front Street North

Issaquah, WA 98027
When: April 17-20, 2008

Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM

Saturday at 2:00 PM

Sunday at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM

Tickets: $10-$12 – ON SALE NOW

Box Office: (425) 257-8600 or

Issaquah, Wash. — Village Theatre KIDSTAGE Ensemble produces Disney’s Aladdin Jr., the thrilling stage adaptation of the Disney hit. In this story, Aladdin, Jasmine, the Genie, and the rest of the gang will sing and dance their way through crazy adventures to defeat the evil Jafar. Disney’s Aladdin Jr. features 28 kids ranging between the fourth to eighth grades in a full-scale musical.

First time KIDSTAGE director Charissa Bertels (currently on Village Theatre Mainstage in Little Women) uses the Viewpoints technique with the cast to help give them a common vocabulary from which to create their show. Bertels comments, “So far we have learned about tempo, topography, spacial relationships, and how these things will communicate different things to the audience through the Viewpoints method.” Another interesting aspect of this show is first time KIDSTAGE set designer Jenny


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Symons. “Staging a fairytale show like Aladdin Jr. presents many challenges. How do you create a magical carpet ride without pyrotechnics and full fly rail? You have to get creative with your story telling. It's amazing what a few simple props and lighting can do to set the mood,” Symons explains.

The KIDSTAGE production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. boasts six young actors that have previously been involved in Village Theatre Mainstage productions. For example, Sam Tacher will play Aladdin in this KIDSTAGE production, and was seen last season in the role of Douglas in Shadowlands. Many of the other cast members are returning KIDSTAGE kids, however there are also some new faces as well. Bertels comments, “While Aladdin is a well-known and a dearly loved movie, I want to make sure I allow students to create their own characters and to make their own choices as actors, rather than having to mimic the Disney movie.”

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. includes professionally-designed sets, costumes, lights, and sound. Actors are selected through a highly competitive audition process, while the show is directed, choreographed, and musically directed by skilled theatre professionals.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Michelle Sanders at (425) 392-1942 x124 or at Photos are available on our website at:

About Village Theatre KIDSTAGE:

Designed to encourage teamwork, personal integrity, self-esteem, and a life-long appreciation for live theatre,

KIDSTAGE is a year-round performing arts training program in Issaquah, Everett, and Stanwood for young people ages 3-20. KIDSTAGE students participate in classes, workshops and full-scale KIDSTAGE productions. All performances are by KIDSTAGE students and classes are taught by professional theatrical instructors.
About Village Theatre

Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. What began in 1979 with the vision of a small group of dedicated theatre artists has grown into one of the region's best-attended resident theatres, with over 18,000 subscribers to the current season and 165,000 projected total attendance, performances on seven stages in the Puget Sound area, youth education programs serving over 53,000 young people, families, and schools annually, and a nationally recognized program that has enabled the development of over 75 new musicals. Serving an expanding and diverse community, Village Theatre has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years with the start of our contract as the resident performing and management company at the Everett Performing Arts Center in 1998.

Mission of Village Theatre:

  • To be a regionally recognized and nationally influential center of excellence in family theatre

  • To promote a season of top quality productions
  • To commission and produce new musicals that achieve national exposure

  • To train young people in theatre skills for career opportunities and enriched lives

  • To develop a broad based appreciation for live theatre

  • To promote positive values through art

KIDSTAGE is made possible, in part, by Arts United, Bellevue Arts Commission, Citigroup Private Bank, City of Everett, City of Issaquah, Clear Image, Costco, Everett Clinic, Everett Cultural Commission, Fluke, Kobe Foundation, Snohomish County Tourism, Tulalip Tribes, US Bancorp, and Washington State Arts Commission.

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