Auditions for ‘Aladdin’ Set: Theatre Palisades Youth Summer Program

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The popular Theatre Palisades Youth Summer Program will feature Disney’s “Aladdin.”

Youth in grades third through eighth (9 to 14 year olds) may participate by sending a video audition. The youth should sing a one-minute selection from any Broadway or Disney musical and perform any scene from “Aladdin”. (Parents can email director Lara Gantz for a copy of a script calrayganz@gmail.com). The video audition should be send no later than Wednesday, June 2.

“If a child doesn’t feel comfortable with singing just yet, please have them send in only the scene,” Gantz said. “We understand the process can be intimidating.”

Rehearsals for the show will be held in Temescal Gateway Park on the hillside known as “classroom row.” There’s a large outdoor space, an indoor classroom and restrooms throughout the month of July. The area has shade and is well separated from hikers and the Park.

Rehearsals and performances will take place from July 5 to July 31, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (an extended day option is available.)

Performance weekends are July 23-25 and July 30 and 31. An additional performance on August 1 may be an option, depending on cast availability.

Gantz told Circling the News in a May 30 email “This show is dedicated to Molly Steinsapir. Her brother, Nate, will be in the cast.

“Last summer, we had planned to do Aladdin before the pandemic shut us down,” Gantz said. “Molly had a script of Aladdin and shared it with me in order to try to persuade me to choose Aladdin for the summer 2020 show.”

Covid-19 shutdowns prevented performances last year, and then tragic bicycle accident took Steinsapir’s life on February 16.

Molly Steinspair (center)

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