‘Aladdin Wonder by Wonder!’ : Westlake High theatre students to present play based on Arabic folktale

Published 12:04 pm Friday, November 10, 2023

The Westlake High Theatre will be performing “Aladdin Wonder by Wonder!” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The performance will deliver the message of “respect, loyalty, fairness and kindness” to community members, said Kerry Onxley, director of theatre.

The play is based on the Arabic folktale “Aladdin” from “One Thousand and One Nights” – a collection of Middle Eastern folktales – and was popularized with the 1992 animated film “Aladdin” by Walt Disney Pictures. The stage adaptation first opened on Broadway in 1994 and ran for over 13 years.

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The audiences will watch the story of “Arabian street urchin” Aladdin as he tries to find his way. After finding a magic lamp housing a genie, he takes on the persona of a wealthy prince to impress the Sultan and earn romantic attention from Princess Jasmine. At the same time, Aladdin will face the threat that Jafar, the Sultan’s evil vizier, poses.

Onxley explained that there is a wide range of themes that are explored in the narrative, such as resiliency, selflessness and the importance of friendships.

“Aladdin and Jasmine teach the audience to be yourself and to always try to overcome situations that are sometimes greater than what one believes.”

The Westlake High actors have been preparing for the production since September, and are ready to perform for, and engage with, the audience. Onxley said that both adults and children in the audience can come prepared for audience interaction and participation with “much ad libbing and impromptu reactions from the characters.”

The performance will be held at the Westlake High Theatre, 1000 Garden Dr., Westlake. The box office opens at 6 p.m., and seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, and can be purchased at the box office.