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April 5, 2011 > Disney's Aladdin Jr. at Milpitas' Rainbow Theater

Disney's Aladdin Jr. at Milpitas' Rainbow Theater

By Emma Victoria G. Blanco

Milpitas' popular Rainbow Theater (RT) was established 30 years ago and has since been the city's premiere children's community theater. Theater productions are performed primarily by children; its mission is to "provide a forum for youth to build self-esteem through positive theatrical experience and to present quality, family-oriented entertainment for the community."

RT's current presentation of Disney's Aladdin Jr. is a true testament to the theater's mission. The children, or rather, budding thespians, deliver memorable performances. Their enthusiasm is contagious and their passion for the show is solidly evident.

Aladdin Jr. is an adaptation from the Disney favorite and it is aimed specifically toward the younger audience. With the exception of Abu (Aladdin's mischievous pet monkey) and Raja (Jasmine's pet tiger) from the original movie, the majority of the cast is quite intact. Though slightly modified, the storyline, as well as the songs are still familiar. Don't be surprised if you find yourself singing along. It is a musical, after all.

Leading roles are performed charmingly by Chris Bungubung, as Aladdin, and Lauren Alvear, as Jasmine. Together, they gave an impressive rendition of "A Whole New World." Cortney Hyde delivers a fine performance as the boisterous Genie. Rachel Renteria is funny as Jafar's molting feathered sidekick, Iago. Finally, eight-year-old Alyssa McDonnell delights as a lithe Magic Carpet.

Come see Aladdin Jr. at the Rainbow Theater and not only will you find yourself entertained by talented young thespians, you will also be showing your support for a landmark theater that is beloved by its community.

Disney's Aladdin Jr.
Friday, April 8
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9
2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Milpitas Community Center Auditorium
457 E. Calaveras Blvd
(408) 586-2774

$8 General Admission (ages 13-49)
$6 Children/Senior Admission
Tickets may be purchased at the Milpitas Community Center
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m, and one-hour prior to show, if tickets are available.

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