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Aladdin play kicks off children’s series at Shakespeare Theater

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:11 am





Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF (Orlando Shakes) kicks off its 2017-2018 Children’s Series with the celebrated Middle Eastern folktale Aladdin and the Magic Lamp through July 23 in the Goldman Theater. Adapted by Brandon Roberts (2016’s Beauty and the Beast and 2015’s The Frog and the Princess), the family-friendly production will feature a “Choose Your Own Journey” interactive approach, in which the audience will be able to determine the outcome of the play. Tickets ($9 – $20) can be purchased by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, online at, .

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp tells the timeless tale of a boy, a genie, and the power of pursuing your dreams. Based on Middle Eastern folktale The Arabian Nights, a young man named Aladdin seeks advice on how to meet the princess from wise genies, a powerful sultan, and his own mother. Told with help from the younger members of the audience, Aladdin learns that it takes more than a wish to make a good impression and to always follow your heart.

“We are very excited to be kicking off our Children’s Series with a different kind of fairy tale this year,” said Anne Hering, Director of Education at Orlando Shakes. “The ‘Choose Your Own Journey’ approach presented in Aladdin and the Magic Lamp will make audience members feel like they are really living the adventure like never before.”

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp features Luis Herrera as Aladdin, Henry Gibson as Genie of the Ring/Ensemble, Gemma Victoria Waldon as Vizier Hasna/Mother, and Chelsey Panisch as Genie. of the Lamp/Ensemble.

The Orlando Shakes artistic team includes Director Patrick Braillard, Set Designer Kurt Bippert, Costume Designer Mel Barger, Lighting Designer Colleen Doherty, and Sound Designer Britt Sandusky, Stage Manager Paige Gober, and Production Assistant Alyssa Will Zegers.

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp is presented by CliftonLarsonAllen.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of and This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Schools been out for a few weeks aleady, are your kids driving you crazy?

Send them to camp.

Osceola Arts summer camp has been in session and more activities are about to start.

The 2017 summer camp schedule includes different camps with focuses on visual arts, musical theatre and music. All camps are open to kids ages 7 – 14. Each camp has a unique theme that will allow campers to immerse themselves in the world of art.

Amazing Artists: One-week Visual Arts Camp

June 26 – June 30

Campers will work together to create an art showcase at the end of the session featuring painting, drawing, mixed media & clay pieces that are focused on modern art.

Superheroes in Training: Two-week Musical Theatre Camp

July 10 – July 21

This camp will feature superheroes & villains from all of their favorite comic books and movies. During this session, campers will look at all of the different aspects of musicals including singing, acting, dancing and superhero action!

String Orchestra Camp: Two-week Music Camp

July 10 – July 21

This intensive music camp focuses on the techniques and style of orchestral string music. Campers will experience the fun of strings music while working on solos, quartets, and ensemble pieces.The instructors will lead both beginner and intermediate level students towards a final performance at the end of the session.

Lights, Camera, Action: Two-week Musical Theatre Camp

July 24 – August 4

Campers will go on a journey into the best movie musicals of all time through singing, acting, dancing and movie making. Hollywood, here comes your kids. All six summer camps include lunch and a snack. Before and After Camp care is also available for an additional nominal fee.

Registration for Summer Camps is available online at

All summer camps include lunch and a snack. Before and After Camp care is also available for an additional nominal fee. Registration for Summer Camps is available online at

The mission of Osceola Arts is to promote, cultivate and foster interest and participation in the arts by providing affordable and accessible programs and facilities that encourage artistic expression in the diverse community they serve. Osceola Arts, a non-profit organization, is located at 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, Florida 34744. For more information visit