Knoxville Children's Theatre will present 16 live performances of "Disney's Aladdin Jr.," based on the Disney film and Broadway show. A special adaptation for children and families, this newly-updated version incorporates many new elements from the current Broadway production.
Aladdin and his three friends are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp, which contains a genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of Princess Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that tests his will and moral character. Featuring the hit songs, "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me," "Disney's Aladdin Jr." will capture the hearts of audiences young and old.
The play is performed by 23 talented young actors, from ages 10 to 17. Joseph Coram will play the title role, and Celeste Paultre will perform as Princess Jasmine. Audrey Jones will take on the role of The Genie, and Noah Seaman will play Jafar.
Six actors are making their KCT debuts: Conard Belitz, Hannah Cobb, Mateo Mejia, Lauren Norton, Audrey Randall, and Olivia Rhea.
The rest of the cast includes KCT veterans: Sydney Allen, Lydia Baxter, Jacob Borden, Caleb DeLong, Deshayla Foley, Miley Jenkins, Anna Kimsey, Hannah Liske, Christopher Lawson-Palmer, Bella Patterson, Leigh Shields, Jacob Sousley, and Alyssa Vogt.
Derrick Washington, Jr. will direct the production, after serving for the past year as a directing intern. Recent West High graduates Wheeler Moon and Bethany Moon will design lights and costumes, respectively, and high-schoolers Derrick Washington, Kennis Van Dyke, and others will perform the play's technical duties. Bearden High sophomore Abby Ann Ramsey will be the play's stage manager. KCT is east Tennessee's leading producer of plays for children.