Disney’s new hit West End musical Aladdin, which opened to critical acclaim in June 2016, has announced a new education programme. This consists of curriculum-linked education resources for Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils, workshops for pupils aged 7+ and a series of behind the scenes videos which include interviews with the multi award-winning creative team.
Theatre tickets are now available for education groups of 10+ with prices beginning at £22.50 and education workshops are £12.50 per pupil. For booking information please visit www.aladdineducation.co.uk
Created by the team behind The Lion King’s award-winning education programme, the launch of the Aladdin education programme coincides with seven-time Tony Award®-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley (Aladdin, Mary Poppins) becoming a prescribed practitioner on the AQA Theatre Studies A-Level specification from September 2016.
Aladdin offers a choice of two 90 minute pre-show workshops which will focus on Scene Study and Music and Movement. In Scene Study participants work with extracts from the script and explore characterisation and objectives through physicality, voice, status and comedy. In the Music and Movement workshop, pupils have the opportunity to learn choreography and vocals from the opening number in the show, Arabian Nights.
The pre-show workshops are run by Disney Theatrical Teaching Artists who will work alongside teachers to tailor each workshop for their pupils.
KEY STAGE 2 – OUT OF THE LAMP
‘Out of the Lamp’ offers a mix of inspiring ideas and suggestions which connect to teaching and learning themes in Key Stage 2 English, Art and Design, Music and PSHE. The activities in the workshop will support learning objectives for Key Stage 2 pupils such as developing language skills and vocabulary, creative writing, and composition of stories, performing, dance and creating costumes.
KEY STAGE 3 – THE CAVE OF WONDERS
This resource uses Aladdin’s dancing, music, storytelling, and costume design to achieve learning objectives for English, PSHE and Dance. In ‘Cave of Wonders’ pupils will develop their creative writing, build literacy and grammar skills, explore storytelling and use themes from the production to reflect on issues in their own lives.
In addition to this, the resource offers exclusive behind-the-scenes videos featuring Aladdin’s Associate Choreographer Ben Clare and Production Manager Spencer New as they discuss the processes involved in bringing the show to the stage.
Dean John-Wilson plays the titular role of Aladdin alongside Jade Ewen as Jasmine in the new musical based on the classic Academy Award®-winning animated film. Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas makes his London stage debut as Genie.
Aladdin features the timeless songs from the 1992 animated film as well as new music written by Tony®, Olivier© and eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop Of Horrors). With lyrics from Olivier Award and two-time Oscar® winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony and Olivier Award, three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida), and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), and a book by Beguelin. Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).
Now in its third record-breaking year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, where it has been seen by more than 1.5 million people, Aladdin’s global presence has now grown to five productions on three continents. The show opened at Tokyo’s Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in May 2015, had its European premiere in December 2015 at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora, Hamburg and opened in Australia at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in August 2016.
Aladdin is designed by Olivier and seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, five-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, Olivier and two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis. Casting is by Jill Green CDG.
The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.