PAHS Dramatics Club prepares for "Aladdin"

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Now in its second year, the PAHS Dramatics Club will present its second production, "Aladdin," at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the high school auditorium.

Tickets are available at the door, and proceeds go to the club for its current and future productions.

This year's show, adapted by Craig Sodora, follows the club's successful first-ever presentation of "Peter Pan" last spring.
Lisa Good, who co-directed the play and co-advises the club with Shellee Miller, said this year's show is being presented during the winter due to many springtime activities for students.

About 45 students are taking part in the production, whether they are acting or working behind the scenes. Miller said the club's first year was so successful, that when it held its first meeting of the 2010-11 school year, 80 students attended to show interest.

Good said she and Miller chose "Aladdin" because, "There are a lot of parts, and we wanted to get as many people involved as possible."
"We wanted to present something with a large cast," Miller said.

Good said it's been more than 25 years since PAHS has presented programs such as this, and that she and Miller were inspired to form the club after working on the 2008 Variety Show.

"There's so much talent in school that isn't used," Good said.

Students acting and working on "Aladdin" aren't from any one area of the school's activities.
Some are active in sports or the arts, while others were just interested in a new activity all together.
"There are a lot of athletes, individual ballet dancers and students who think this is their thing," Miller said.

While the idea of forming the club originated last year, Good said there were no guarantees that many students would want to take part.
They soon found that there were.

"It was a personal goal to do a show" last year, she said.

Preparations for "Aladdin" began after Thanksgiving break, when students designed set pieces and costumes. From there, the advisors and students agreed on drawings and took final completion to the next level.
Rehearsals began after Christmas break.

Just as last year, the club will welcome fourth-graders to a 1 p.m. matinee.

It gives the actors one more chance to brush up before the first evening show at 7 that night, and it also allows the fourth-graders to practice their theatre etiquette, such as when to clap, when to laugh, good and bad times to get up, etc.

The play stars characters such as Yahoo (Angelica Sterling) and his pet snake (Aubrey Holmelund), who serves as the narrator; evil magician El Kahsid (Marcy Sallack); Princess Celestia (Audrianna DeLacour and Katelynn Sallack); her obnoxious suitor Gorgon (Cenneca Dilts); the Lamp and Ring genies (Sarah London and Marshall Richardson); poetic Cave Creeps (Shaina Reddinger and Anna Monyak); and finally, the lazy, insolent Aladdin (Keri Dinsmore) who proves himself to be a prince.