Aladdin performance casts a spell

Sydenham High School’s production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr on 10, 11 and 12 February, directed by Lisa McMullin, certainly cast away the winter blues with an energetic and entertaining performance displaying the terrific acting, dancing and singing talents of some thirty-five girls from across the senior school.  The authentic stage sets, props and costumes plus the atmospheric lighting, designed by performing arts technical manager Ian Mathews, transformed the school’s Longton Hall as the cast transported their audience to the land of the famous Arabian Nights story.

Accompanied by an orchestra of twenty students and staff, led by the school’s Director of Music, Andrew Baars, and supported by a student stage crew, managed by Karen Palmer, the performance delighted audience members over three evenings. The school also held an Arabian-themed Gala Reception on the final night to raise funds for the school charity, Chain of Hope.

Headteacher Kathryn Pullen commented: “We’re incredibly proud of what the girls have achieved with this production. The performance was touching and funny as the audience’s reactions testified. There were outstanding performances from all who took part – this was a real team effort from girls across the whole school, year 7 to year 12, supported by committed and enthusiastic staff. It has been a wonderful way to end the first half of the term.”

NOTE: This amateur production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr was presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD.