Aladdin Jr

City Of Plymouth Youth Theatre Company, Devonport Playhouse, 9th – 10th February

The young cast of ‘Aladdin Jr’ transported us to an exotic Arabian town for a timeless classic story. The heart-warming story of friendship, love and good versus evil is sure to delight both young and adult audience members.

The entire cast were slick and enthusiastic. With plenty of fun dance routines, large musical numbers and brightly coloured costumes we soon forgot it was a chilly winter night outside the theatre.

The three narrators (Amelia Green, Chloe Lynch and Georgia Trathen) who lead us through the story were clear in their speech and had lovely singing voices.

Aladdin played by Molly Wynne had the cheeky charisma of this character which somehow helped you forgive him for his crimes. It is easy to see why he becomes such good friends with the Genie played by Joshua Coleman. The Genie certainly had the audience giggling with his hip wiggling and funny one-liners. He encouraged the ensemble to join in and give all their energy in musical numbers such as ‘Friend Like Me’ and ‘Prince Ali’.

Princess Jasmine played by Erin Smith was sweet yet feisty and definitely looked the part in her sparkly costume. This was one Princess you didn’t want to mess with as she discovered a world outside the palace and stood up to her Father.

I would like to commend this young company on taking their bows with such grace. They ran onto the stage, bowed and introduced the next person with a wave of their arm. This was a lovely touch and it was great to see them taking pride in their excellent performance.

The entire cast were full of smiles and this fun spirit certainly rubbed off on the audience, whom I am sure were humming the songs as they left the theatre.

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