Disney's Aladdin JR. - May 16 - May 17, 2019

Parkland Middle

 From the Directors 

A Note from Mr. Bergmann:

I never imagined in 2005 when I was asked to help out with the new drama club that 2 other teachers were starting would turn into a program that I have shaped and created over 14 years. I have seen probably 400+ students come through the drama productions at Parkland. I have watched as shy, timid 6th graders blossomed into strong seasoned performers. I have watched many of them leave the stage at Parkland and go on to perform at various high schools, community theaters, college theaters, and professional theaters. Many have come back through the years as well to give back to the program. Former students have come back (and still do) and teach our current students what they have learned. We have had former students design and build sets, manage our stage, teach choreography, music direct, teach acting, and much more. Times were not always easy, some shows were harder than others but at the end of the day, I have learned that the show always works out. 3 years ago, I left my day job at Parkland to move to High School but was convinced to return for a few more shows by my co-director, Brooke Goldiner. But, after a few years, I have decided that is time for me to move on. I know that the program is in the great hands of Ms. Goldiner and I am leaving on a high note in Aladdin. But, do not fear, I will still be directing theater. I will be the theater director at my current school, Paint Branch High School beginning next year. So, as I leave one chapter behind, I have a new one opening in front of me. I want to thank everyone for all their support over the last 14 years and I hope you enjoy the show.

Sincerely,

Rick Bergmann- Director, Aladdin


A Note from Ms. Goldiner:

“A whole new world/A new fantastic point of view/No one to tell us no/Or where to go/Or say we're only dreaming”

Every year, we go on a journey to select which show to produce and stage. Every year, we have returning members of the drama department and new faces. But every year, the students are broadening their new horizons by exploring different avenues of theatre. And that is one of the many reasons why we chose this show. To open one’s mind and broaden their horizons.

With Aladdin, comes the comedic and comforting one-liners and scenes of Disney’s lyrics and music, but it also comes with a new aspect of the theatre world to explore. In this year’s production, we had some cast members learn tap for the very first time, as well as salsa dancing and partner dancing (“Friend Like Me”). Behind the scenes, the students learned several different aspects of painting to create the different backdrops of the scenes. The stage crew members also had to figure out how to move set pieces while a scene is in motion (“A Whole New World”). The cast and crew had the opportunity to play around with movement on stage and improv when scenes are just starting to unfold before the audience's’ eyes (“One Jump Ahead”). As Act 1 unfolds, the audience will discover that the cast members learned the great significance in working as a team and collaborating as one group to be able to pull a high energy performance (“Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim”). The best part about being in this community is the opportunity to express oneself freely. Just add in some awesome and energetic music, some comedy, fantastic costumes, dancing, singing, and of course, some Disney magic!

Aladdin is about discovering where one belongs and who one is and the adventures one goes on to figure out life’s greatest challenge. It doesn’t matter where one comes from, what matter is to always be yourself. Some might argue that being yourself IS the greatest challenge of all. But that is one challenge that is worth exploring, because as these students have learned, learning about who you are in the process is so exhilarating. In the end, you come out with a fresh set of eyes on the world and an open heart and mind.

I’d like to thank my team because I could not have put on this entire show without them. I’d like to thank Mr. Bergmann, for bringing our vision of Aladdin to life! You are a fantastic partner and I truly appreciate working with you! I love how our ideas are identical and great to bounce ideas off of! I will certainly miss this next year!! To Arianna, I am proud of the hard work you have completed when working on this show and have shown yourself to be a great leader! To Nia, thank you for assisting me with leading dance exercises during rehearsals and for bouncing ideas for choreography off of. To Ms. Kelley, for assisting in painting our set pieces! Last but least, I’d like to thank the Buckinghams for organizing and creating our set pieces based on a vision I had in the early stages of development! Thank you!!

Now, sit back and relax and let’s explore a whole new world that will unfold on the stage!
Thank you.
Sincerely, Brooke Goldiner-Choreographer/Music Director

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