VIDEO: Adage’s Aladdin Jr. takes the audience on a magic carpet ride

Top right: Prince Ali (Sam M), having managed to get Princess Jasmine (Alora K) to trust him, takes her for a magic carpet ride.
The cast dances to ‘Arabian Nights’ to open their performance of ‘Aladdin Jr.’ at the Cowichan Theatre. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Arabian Nights’ gives the audience a first glimpse of the characters in Adage Studio’s production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Street boy Aladdin (Sam M) starts to share out the food he’s stolen with his group of friends, (Lily C, Emelia R, and Clare R). (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Aladdin (Sam M) wants his mother to be ‘Proud of Your Boy’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Sultan (Laura P) has the difficult task of finding a husband for his independently minded daughter. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Iago and Jafar (Ryland R and Matt K) finally capture the magic lamp. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Princess Jasmine (Alora K) wants to learn what goes on in the world outside the palace. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The frustrated Jasmine (Alora K) is dressed for a journey by her attendants Isir, Manal, and Rajah (Lauren L, Keira J, and Ginger BV). (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
There’s a world outside ‘These Palace Walls’ sing the girls (Alora K, Lauren L, Keira J, and Ginger BV). (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Jafar (Matt K), with Iago (Ryland R) holding the book of spells, begins a spooky invocation. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Top left: Jafar (Matt K) decides to find the boy who will lead him to the magic lamp.
Aladdin (Sam M) and his friends decide to put on a show to raise money. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Princess Jasmine (Alora K) is a little lost in the marketplace and Aladdin (Sam M) offers to show her around. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Unfortunately Jasmine (Alora K) has no idea that she has to pay for things in the market, and Aladdin (Sam M) is forced to make excuses for her. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
When guards come to arrest Aladdin and Jasmine, the Princess is suddenly recognized and her new friend is stunned. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Genie from the lamp (Chloe C) and Aladdin (Sam M) become acquainted in ‘Friend Like Me’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Genie (Chloe C) from the lamp and Aladdin (Sam M) become acquainted in ‘Friend Like Me’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Bottom: Aladdin asks the Genie to make him a prince and he enters the palace with his entourage. (Photos by Lexi Bainas)
Prince Ali Ababwa (Sam M) enters the court and declares his wish to take Jasmine (Alora K) for his wife, but she’s furious at his arrogance. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Prince Ali (Sam M) offers the Princess (Alora K) a ride on his magic carpet. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
On their magic carpet ride, Ali (Sam M) and Jasmine (Alora K) sing ‘A Whole New World’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Aladdin’s friends gather to storm the palace to spring their friend from jail. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
As Aladdin and Jasmine are betrothed, they enjoy happy moments with their friends. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
In the finale, everyone celebrates the freedom that will now come to the country of Agrabah. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
During the Finale, the cast lines up to salute the crowd. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

In Aladdin Jr. — the youth version of the Disney classic musical — Adagé Studio’s students really got to take the audience on a magic carpet ride.

They grabbed the big stage at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre and held it firmly during their performances on April 12 and 13.

There is a lot to like about this show. There is, of course, plenty of opportunity for the talented young dancers to kick up their heels, but there are also some memorable songs for the singers to present with gusto, and the whole production is underpinned by a strong story.

In the far away Arabian town of Agrabah, a street smart boy, who has to make his way by thieving, is casing the marketplace when he stumbles upon a beautiful runaway girl, who turns out to be an unhappy princess. They share a set of adventures and fall in love.

Due to the machinations of a vile vizir, a magic lamp, complete with genie, makes its appearance and everything changes. Suddenly the thief is a prince who comes to woo his love but she’s not happy with this new arrogant fellow.

However, despite all the attempts of their enemies, the young couple do find that there is a whole new world out there, and happily head off to their bright future.

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