Beacon Academy students wowed audiences with their production of Aladdin JR, an updated version of the Disney’s Academy Award-winning musical.
Students of all year groups – from the youngest in Year 7 to the Sixth Formers – did not disappoint the crowds of friends, relatives and fellow students eager to enjoy the outcome of their months of dedicated preparation and rehearsals.
Thanks to state of the art lighting, sound and ingenious set design, the newly renovated performance space was transformed by the production’s technical crew, and spectators were transported to the city of Agrabah—a city of “mystery and enchantment” where the classic story about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within could unfold.
Teacher of Music at Beacon Academy, Mr Cryle, commented
It was a pleasure to teach and perform this musical with our dedicated students and staff. Congratulations to all involved and thank you for your hard work.
Miss Wallace, Teacher of Drama and the lead for this production, said on behalf of Beacon Academy Performing Arts Department:
I am so proud of all of the students who took part in the musical. Whether front of house, on the stage or backstage working with the lighting, set, make up or costume, every member of the cast and crew has worked so hard to achieve this and as a department we couldn’t be happier with the outcome! Well done to the whole team!
Showcasing the talented students’ abilities in Drama, Music, Dance, Set Design and Theatre Production, the show featured well-known musical numbers including A Whole New World, Friend Like Me, Arabian Nights and One Jump Ahead with accompanying choreography and stagecraft which was performed masterfully by the entire cast. The role of the eponymous hero was played by Year 8 student, Jay-Jay Patena, while Head Student in Year 10, Isabelle Street took the role of Jasmine. Sixth Former, Bethany Campbell delivered the magic and some of the night’s biggest laughs in the role of Genie. Every member of the cast and crew contributed to making the production a great success, and will be celebrated throughout the school and wider community.
At the evening performances, the audience enjoyed drinks, ice creams and snacks from the “theatre bar” and supported a performance night raffle, with prizes kindly donated by The Diddy Drama Company, Finest Futsal Academy, Zumba Fitness and Waitrose Crowborough.
Ahead of the first evening performance, a special matinee show was also staged exclusively for students of a number of local primary schools, many of whom will be making the transition to Beacon Academy in September. Children from Sir Henry Fermor CE Primary School, Grove Park School, St John’s CE Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Jarvis Brook School visited Beacon Academy to enjoy the performance and get a taste of the many opportunities available to them through Beacon Academy Performing Arts.