Aladdin, Jr. or Aladdin KIDS

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March 19, 2011
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Which production is more suitable for a more mature group of young actors? I am hoping to direct Aladdin at a middle school, and I would prefer the script that is more challenging.Typically, how much do rights and rental fees cost?
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April 3, 2011
Whenever I direct a show I do an indepth breakdown by character and scene in excel listing who is in what scene/song/or number. Let me know if you want to see it. :) we did Aladdin JR last year.

April 3, 2011
Thank you, Christie! I am going to have to give you a shout-out in the program. Rachel, if you could e-mail me your excel list that would be great! That's how I work as well. jeffrey.m.hogan@gmail.com

April 3, 2011
You guys are tech-tastic! I'm old school with a poster board gaffed to the wall in the wings :) I'm so glad we all have each other for help. I might be asking you guys for some "break downs" in the future! cj

April 3, 2011
I do the same Christie! (But I have the students do it, and make about 4 of them...this helps them learn the order of the show, and it's one less thing I have to worry about!)

April 3, 2011
I love the idea of the kids doing the breakdown...but I find that I can't wait that long. I can't operate efficiently without my color coded actor/scene/breakdown. :) I need the breakdown to plan the schedule (because I break it down so that we don't have actors at rehearsal when they are not actively in the scene. ie. Genie is called ONLY for scenes genie is in, and all her scenes are scheduled at the same time...or as close to that as I can. :)) When breaking down a play, I color code groups. For Aladdin, Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, and the Narrators were in the blue group. Carpets and named townspeople (baker, etc) were in the red group and did more singing and dancing than some of the other groups. The harem girls were in the pink group, the younger dancers in the village were in the purple group, The guards were in the grey group, and the newest performers who were in only the opening and closing numbers were in the green group. Then I put together a calendar that the cast can view online at www.daretodreamtheatre.com/rehearsal.html for the cast to know when they were needed based on their color group. I have this all done before rehearsals start, and I do EVERYTHING in my power not to change the schedule...but if something changes, I change it online and send an e-mail telling people to check the online schedule for a change. Takes a LONG time to set up...but I can keep track of it all better. I like the method, cuz it works for me...but I know that some people find it hard to follow. :) But since I am the director, they just have to learn to follow it my way. I just don't have the time to translate it to each different way of thinking. :)

March 30, 2011
We did one of the pilots for Aladdin Kids and we, too, had a girl play the Genie. She was GREAT! (She's pictured in the ALaddin KIDS script). Pictures of our kids are here on Showspace, too. For a KIDS version, this show does have A LOT of music, characters, scenes and action!

March 30, 2011
My callbacks are tomorrow and the package still hasn't come in the mail. As a result, I am going to order digital sheet music from MusicNotes.com. Can anyone tell me what key "A Whole New World" is in in Aladdin Jr.? I want to order the music in the same key. Thanks for all of your continued support and help.

March 30, 2011
I guess I owe you a roll of gaff tape! A Whole New World is in the key of C and modulates to Eb in measure 44 - End. I'll send you a link to the audition central in case you couldn't find it. I know the music doesn't include accompaniment, but the script/score/view section is so super useful in casting. cj http://www.broadwayjr.com/audition/auditionlist.asp?ID=12

March 28, 2011
Thank you for all of your help. Auditions are this week. I am incredibly excited. What's MTI's policy on adding an Abu into the cast? I saw some productions on YouTube where some directors did just that.

March 28, 2011
You can see just about ANYTHING on youtube, no?"Embarassed" As I understand the contract, you may never add or subtract characters, or alter the material in any way. It is an infraction against the intent of the authors and definitely not allowed. That said, I have seen Abu costumes for rent and quite a lot of footage of the addition of that character in Aladdin, Jr. and Kids. I wonder if Abu could be a character within your Ensemble? Playing in sections where you are using the Ensemble in the Market Place, etc... Kids definitely remember that character from the animation. It also seems like a great opportunity for a younger cast member to develop an interesting and likeable character. Who doesn't love Abu? If you didn't add lines or music, couldn't Abu be part of the Arabian tapestry in Agrabah? Have a great time, Jeffrey. Godspeed on your maiden voyage in Broadway Jr. land. cj

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