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Peacock’s ‘Aladdin’ a quality production

“Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp” is the 10th anniversary production of Peacock Children’s Theatre and a colossal tour de force. It has everything: music and dance, magic and romance.

The fadeout of most every scene change was acclaimed by audience applause as they were transported by a magical carpet ride from a far-off land to the city of Shammar, the Cave of the Lamp and even through an earthquake.

Each of the principals, Aladdin (Clayton Sieg) and Princess Jasmine (Jaila Kenney), displayed bravado, despair and joy in evading the evil Jamal (Nehemiah McSpadden). Alakazam (Zayden McSpadden) provided comic relief with his manic acrobatics.

The dazzling colorful costumes and the giant cast of 30 were displayed in rhythmic delight in dance intervals, which filled the stage in true fairy-story style; all ends well. A joyful, satisfying evening.

Producer/Director Rita Harden leaves a great legacy that rewards the children of the community as audience and participants deserves perpetuation. Lisa Lanning, the music director and choreographer, brought out the best in the cast.

Worthy of note: Wednesday, March 4, at Hillview Christian Church, Marengo, PCT performed two shows for 600 children from schools and children’s organizations in Crawford, Harrison and Orange counties. There is no children’s theatre in Southern Indiana that I know of that offers theatre of this quality in Southern Indiana.

See the show for yourself. They will be at Lincoln Hills Christian Church in Corydon on March 13 at 7 p.m. and March 14 at 2 p.m.

Sue Chapman | Milltown, Ind.

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