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Everyone loves magic, hoping that all our wishes can come true…Aladdin is no different. In research for this show, I discovered that the Arabian Nights tales were told by a clever young lady who did not want to be beheaded, thus her wish to stay alive was granted by telling delightful tales that pleased the Emperor, and the tales were born and passed on generation to generation. Aladdin is a particularly fun story as it appeals to our wishful side and lets us wander to an intriguing time of mystery and danger. Myself, I have taken great liberty with the story to adapt it to the stage, with music by composers Aram Khachaturian and Adolphe Adam.
In the Second Act of Aladdin, I have used Act 2 from the classical ballet “Giselle”. The ballet Giselle, perhaps the most famous ballet from the Romantic era, first was performed in 1841 in Paris, France. I portray the Wilis as the “sorceresses” who do the bidding of the lead sorceress, Myrtha. She in turn follows the rules of the sorcerer, determined to undermine Aladdin, by stealing his love, Jasmine, and putting her under a spell. The dancers have worked very hard to rehearse and present their artistry, and with every muscle and every cell, they seek to move you and entertain you. The tech staff and all those behind the scenes contribute immeasurably the total experience. Please enjoy our presentation of “Aladdin”.
Miss Fran Ichijo – Artistic Director
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