Aladdin’ comes to Northside today, tomorrow
Northside Elementary students are accustomed to doing a spring musical, but “Aladdin” is the biggest show they’ve ever undertaken – and they’re excited.
AnnMarie Cissell (Genie) and Sutton Sherrard (Jasmine) say they now have a better understanding of the challenges that come with doing a larger-scale musical. They also embrace this opportunity “to put on a bigger show,” said 10-year-old Sutton.
Over 40 students (third-, fourth- and fifth-graders) are helping to produce this version of the Disney classic, and music teacher Erin Casimir wants them to take away a love for theater. She also wants her students to appreciate and have a better understanding of what goes into an onstage production.
“It’s really fun because you get to see the outcome of it in the end,” said Sutton of theater. “I like doing the show. Theater’s one of my favorite things to do.”
Lincoln Nelle (Aladdin), 11, said singing onstage makes him nervous, but also proud and excited.
“It’s just really great to do what you love,” he said, “and this is what I love to do.” He said singing allows him to be himself and “enjoy what I can do. And I just feel like it’s a big part of me.”
Lincoln and other students in the cast also get to become someone they’re not, which they also embrace. “I enjoy taking on the character’s personality,” AnnMarie said.
Northside Elementary students did “At the Bandstand” two years ago and “The Nightingale” last spring so “we’re working our way up a little bit,” said Casimir.
A United Promise grant covered the royalty fees of doing “Aladdin,” which allowed this elementary school music teacher and her students to do something a little extra special this spring.
“I’ve always wanted to do a Disney show,” said Casimir.
Performances of “Aladdin” are today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m. in the Northside gym. No admission is being charged.