Arts & Entertainment

Southridge students tell story of a boy and his genie

Aladdin Jr., the musical, is the biggest production of the year for Southridge High School's SunShine Theatre Company.

"This is a beloved Disney classic and childhood favorite," said student director Skylar Kovach.

The show opens May 15 and continues May 16, 22-23. Curtain time is 7 p.m.

Kovach is handling most of the production's details as part of his culminating senior project requirements.

"I've created all the choreography, set design, lighting design, publicity and more," he said. "This is the biggest musical ever to be produced in the Kennewick School District so it's pretty spectacular."

The challenges of wearing so many hats started with the auditions in January when he assembled his cast. "The cast has rehearsed constantly every day after school since January, except for Fridays," he said.

The Academy of Children's Theatre (ACT) helped the production by donating costumes, while parents of the actors beat the streets requesting donations from area businesses.

"None of this would have been possible without the amazing help and input from the cast," Kovach said.

Many of the performers have been involved with ACT for years, but there also are actors in the show who are new to the drama game.

"It's a remarkable sight to see this diverse cast work together to perform a ... classic," Kovach said. "And it's a major change for Southridge, being known for old-fashioned plays and musicals. This year we decided to switch it up and make ourselves known to the Tri-Cities."

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door. The school is located at 3520 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick.

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