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Johnathan Miller, left, is Iago, a bird who conspires with the evil Jafar, played by Nolan Holt, in the Junior Pinckney Players' upcoming production of Disney's 'Aladdin Jr.' Randall Stacy will play Genie, Fatima Poggi will be Princess Jasmine, MacKenzie Doyle will play Aladdin, and Jacob Dentel will play the Sultan. COURTESY PINCKNEY PLAYERS
Junior Pinckney Players do 'Aladdin Jr.'
Posted by Leanne Smith | The Livingston Community News April 10, 2009 | Categories: Features
The Livingston Community News
At 16, Randall Stacy is a seasoned veteran of at least a half-dozen Pinckney Players performances, but he's never tackled a role quite like this one.
Stacy, who starred in the group's production of "The Music Man" and was Willie Wonka in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," helps the community theater group open its 17th season on Saturday, Oct. 13, as the big blue Genie in Disney's "Aladdin Jr."
"I've always played somewhat serious characters, so this is a big leap," he said. "I'm moody and mean and nice and basically over the top all the time."
The musical play follows the same plot as the animated feature film. The poor, orphaned Aladdin falls in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine. Using his smarts and a little help from a magic lamp, from which the Genie emerges and grants him three wishes, Aladdin woos Jasmine and the couple lives happily ever after.
"All the little girls come to see Jasmine, but all the little boys come to see the Genie," Stacy said. "He's the show stealer."
The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on opening night and again on Saturday, Oct. 20. Sunday matinees are set for 2 p.m. Oct. 14 and Oct. 21. Advance tickets for the one-hour show are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Prices go up $2 at the door.
"Aladdin Jr." features a cast of 50 Junior Pinckney Players, all under age 18. This is the first time in the group's history that its younger members have opened a season.
"Come and see our Junior stars shine," said Lynn Wilde-Concannon, who leads the Junior Pinckney Players and is producing this show.
Fatima Poggi, 15, of Hamburg Township, who plays Jasmine, and Nolan Holt, 15, of Hamburg Township, who plays Jafar, are making their Junior Pinckney Players debut.
"All the little girls love Jasmine, and she's such a great character," Poggi said. "She's pretty, but she's also smart and open minded and very independent."
Jafar is the evil right-hand man of Jasmine's father, the Sultan.
"He's bent on absolute power and world domination, but he gets his in the end," Holt said. "This is a very good group to work with. It's hard work, but it's fun, too."
Jacob Dentel, 15, of Hamburg Township, a Pinckney Players veteran, plays the Sultan.
"He cares more about his daughter than anyone else, but he has to follow the law, which says she must marry a prince," Dentel said. "She's not very happy about that."
Aladdin is played by MacKenzie Doyle, 15, of Brighton. "He's admired Jasmine from afar, but knows they can never be together because he's not a prince," Doyle said. "He uses his first wish to become a prince."
Also new to the Pinckney Players this season is an improved Web site at www.pinckneyplayers.com.
Leanne Smith can be reached at email@example.com or at 810-844-2011.