Welcome to our production of Aladdin, Jr! This is SCYT's first time doing this amazing show. This marks our 14th production in Orange, plus our 10th anniversary show last year. I am thrilled to have the honor of being part of such a great theater family that we have grown into here in Orange! This summer, we just finished a production of HELLO DOLLY, and INTO THE WOODS that went fantastic in Orange & Whittier. Then with our partnership with the DREAM CENTER, we did Peter Pan last summer, and then THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS (an original show I wrote) in Los Angeles at the historic 3500 seat Angelus Temple. God is doing awesome things, and it’s exciting to be a part of it! A big thank you to Jessica Ordaz for all her continued outstanding work with our casts! This show Jessica is our director as well as our choreographer, and she has done a phenomenal job and is FANTASTIC at what she does!
Also a big thank you to Judi Griffin for all her amazing help as our lead parent for our Orange casts, and to both Todd & Judi for all they do for our programs, sets, backstage, you name it! And a HUGE thank you to ALL our amazing parents who help with all the details behind the scenes to help their kids shine on stage! This spring we are offering a show that you won't want to miss! Our next show is "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" and kicks off in in March and will perform in late May. Please sign up to get on our email list today at the box office to get updates! Thank you for supporting SCYT today, sit back and enjoy a wonderful journey with us as we take a magic carpet ride with Jasmine Aladdin, Genie, Jafar and the Sultan on the story of “Aladdin”.
Our production of ALADDIN JR today is in cooperation with the musical licensing department of MUSIC THEATER INTERNATIONAL in New York. Aladdin Jr. is based on the Disney movie, written by Howard Ashman, Alan Menken and Tim Rice. The famous music from this show won the Academy awards for best score and best song (A Whole New World) in 1993.
No medieval Arabic source has been traced for the tale of Aladdin, which was incorporated into The Book of One Thousand and One Nights by its French translator, Antoine Galland, who heard it from a Syrian Christian storyteller from Aleppo. The movie Aladdin is the thirty-first animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. It was released on November 25, 1992. Aladdin relates a version of the story of Aladdin and the magic lamp from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. As is usual with Disney film adaptations, many aspects of the traditional story were changed for the movie. The story takes place in the mystical city of Agrabah. When Princess Jasmine gets tired of being forced to remain in the palace that overlooks the city, she sneaks out to the marketplace, where she accidentally meets Aladdin, a streetrat, and his monkey friend Abu. Under the orders of the evil Jafar (the sultan's advisor), Aladdin is thrown in jail and becomes caught up in his plot to rule the land with the aid of a mysterious lamp. Released at the peak stretch of the Disney renaissance era beginning with The Little Mermaid, Aladdin was the most successful film of 1992, with over $217 million in domestic revenues and over $504 million worldwide. Aladdin was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The musical scores were created by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (with additional lyrics provided by Stephen Schwartz and Tim Rice after Ashman's death). Menken received the 1992 Academy Award for Original Music Score of Aladdin. The main soundtrack song "A Whole New World" (sung during the closing credits by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle) won a Grammy Award as well as the Academy Award for Best Song in 1992. Voice actors included Scott Weinger as Aladdin, Robin Williams as the Genie, Linda Larkin as Jasmine, Gilbert Gottfried as Iago, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar and Frank Welker as Abu. Aladdin was followed by two direct-to-video sequels: The Return of Jafar (1994) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996), and an animated television series, Aladdin, set between the two sequels.
Aladdin Jasmine Genie Carpet Sultan Narrator Narrator Narrator
Jafar Iago (Parrot) Abu (Monkey) Razoul Guard Guard Guard Raja (Tiger)
Brian Bautista Veronica Ornelas Zach Relock Aimee Ordaz Aaron Griffin Chloe Hussain Kayla Samuelson Nikki Vega
Evan Sanders Holly Kanter Cassidy Samuelson Riley Stanton Meredith Morris Jenny Hamburg Gabrielle Southall Selena Ornelas
Following actors are all Townspeople Attendants Lead Dancers
Hannah Lara, Evita Agrusa, Kiley Early Aaron Griffin, Aimee Ordaz, Cassidy Samuelson, Chloe Husain, Kayla Samuelson, Meredith Morris, Selana Ornelas, Jenny Hamburg Elijah Lara, Lucas Lara, Hannah Lara, Evita Agrusa, Kiley Early, Garrett Atwater, Emma Lewis, Aubrey Lewis, Molly McMasters, Leontine Croll
Act 1 Arabian Nights Arabian Nights Narrators One Jump Ahead One Jump Ahead - Reprise Arabian Nights - Reprise 1 Why Me? Arabian Nights - Reprise 2 Friend Like Me Genie
Storyteller Company Aladdin, Townspeople, Jasmine Narrators Jafar, Iago Narrators Ensemble
Act 2 Prince Ali Genie ToBe Free A Whole New World Why Me? â€“ Reprise Prince Ali - Reprise 1 Prince Ali - Repise 2 A Whole New World - Reprise Friend Like Me - Bows
Ensemble Jasmine Aladdin, Jasmine Jafar, Iago, Guards Jafar, Ensemble Jafar, Iago, Guards, Ensemble Company Company
EVITA AGRUSA – Attendant, Townsperson, Arabian
Evita is 10 years old and is an excellent 4 th grader at Miller Elementary school. She lives with mom, dad grandparents, brother Gianpiero in Orange County and is the oldest sibling of 2. She was named after the famous musical. This is her 1st production with SCYT and she is so excited and can’t wait to be in the next production. Outside of SCYT she dances jazz, hip-hop, and ballroom dances. She aspires to be an actress/ singer and hopes to have her own show on the Disney Channel. Evita wants to thank the entire team at SYYT and her family for such a fantastic opportunity to do what she loves and hopes you love it too!
Garrett atwater - Townsperson, Arabian
Garrett is a 7 year old 2nd grader at Linda Vista Elementary. Aladdin is Garrett's 6th stage performance with the Southern California Youth Theatre group. He has appeared in musicals such as, The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Narnia, The Wizard of Oz, and Fiddler on the Roof. Garrett loves to sing, dance, cook, and take care of his dog Peanut. He is a great student and upcoming actor. In Aladdin, Garrett plays the Prince of Baba of Ganoush and a Townsperson. Watch for Garrett in future Theatre and Films, he has a passion for the stage.
Brian Bautista – Aladdin
Brian Bautista is 13 years old and in 8th grade. This is his 7th performance with SCYT. He is so excited to be playing Aladdin in “AladdinJr.” He would like to thank Dana and Jessica so much for all the opportunities and blessing they have given him in all the SCYT shows he has been in. Brian would like to give a very special thanks to God for all the blessings he has given to him.
LEONTINE CROLL – Townsperson, Arabian
Leontine is a 1st grade home schooler. Aladdin Jr. is her 3rd show with the SCYT family. She is signed under Karma Talent and Elite Kids. Leontine started going to Broadway shows since she was 3 & has loved it ever since! She blessed & thankful for the support of all her friends and family.
KILEY EARLY – Attendant, Townspeople, Arabian
Kiley is almost 12 and is a 6th grader at Portola Hills Elementary. She is the oldest of 3, the only girl! This is her first show with SCYT; she can't thank everyone enough for making her feel so welcome and comfortable. She has done a few choir performances with Saddleback Church and is currently recording vocals for 3 songs on a Christian CD. When she is not performing she loves to bake and play volleyball.
AARON GRIFFIN – Sultan, Dancer
Aaron is 15 and a freshman at Trabuco Hills High School. He has been doing musical theatre for three years and has been a wide variety of characters from The Wiz in Wizard of Oz to Charlie Brown and from the Lion in The Wiz to Pharoah in Joseph…. Technicolor Dreamcoat. He truly loves what god has shown him and is excited for the road ahead. Aaron wants to thank Dana and Jessica for all they have done and will forever remember every play as they each have a story behind them. Aaron thanks his parents and brothers for their support and a big hug to Linsey and the fam. .
JENNY HAMBURG – Guard, Dancer
Jenny is an 11 year old in 6th grade at Linda Vista Elementary. This is her 8th performance. Her very favorite thing in life is to be on stage performing. She started with SCYT in their very 1st production here in Orange. Jenny loves acting, singing and dancing!!! Also she loves all her friends at SCYT. She has been enjoying practicing for Aladdin and wants to tell her cast mates “You ain’t never had a friend like!” Jenny thanks all who come to watch and support her in this show.
Chloe Husain – Narrator, Dancer
Chloe is so excited to be part of such a fabulous cast in one of her favorite musicals! This is her 10th production that she has been part of with SCYT, her favorite being “Bye Bye Birdie” where she played the role of “Ursela”. Chloe also appeared in “Honk” with the Attic. Chloe takes tennis, ballet, jazz and hip hop lessons and enjoys acting with a passion.
Holly Kanter – Iago (Parrot)
Holly Kanter is a homeschooled 14 year old and the second of four children. She is extremely excited to be playing the role of Lago. In addition to musical theater, Holly is active in Taekwondo and is close to receiving her black belt. She would like to thank Dana, Jessica and Todd and Judi Griffin for all the hard work and dedication they have put into this show.
ELIJAH LARA – Townsperson, Arabian
Elijah Lara is 6 years old and a homeschooled 1st grader. He is very excited to be performing again with SCYT. As the 6 th of 7 kids, he is a great entertainer at home and can always find an appreciative audience. He is overflowing with energy and noise. He likes listening to books, playing with his siblings and generally being rough and rowdy.
HANNAH LARA – Townsperson, Arabian
Hannah Lara is 12 years old and a homeschooled 6 th grader. She has performed in several productions with SCYT. She enjoys singing, board games, computer games, reading, bossing around her 6 and 9 year old brothers and playing with her siblings. She also loves to cook – especially making bread and lasagna.
LUCAS LARA – Townsperson, Arabian
Lucas Lara is 9 years old and a homeschooled 4 th grader. He has performed in several SCYT productions. He enjoyed playing Little Boy Beaver in Narnia and is really looking forward to Aladdin. He loves to sing and spends lots of time praising Yahweh at home. He also enjoys reading, playing video games, playing piano, drawing, crafts, holding babies and playing with his siblings
AUBREY LEWIS – Townsperson, Arabian Aubrey is 8 years old and lives in Tustin, where she enjoys school and spending time with her 3rd grade class. She is an excellent gymnast and loves to entertain. This is Aubrey's 2nd show with SCYT and her twin sister, Emma. Her first performance was in The Wiz where she played a field mouse and a munchkin. Aubrey is very excited to perform for her friends and family once again.
EMMA LEWIS – Townsperson, Arabian
Emma is excited to be part of her 2nd show with SCYT. Her first show was with her sister, Aubrey, in The Wiz where she played a field mouse and munchkin. Some of Emma's passions are being at school with her 3rd grade class and also competing with her gymnastics team. Emma is very excited about her being part of the SCYT cast again.
Molly McMasters – Townsperson Arabian
Molly is in the grade at Tustin Ranch Elementary School. This is Molly’s third show with SCYT. Her previous performances include Narnia and The Wiz. Molly’s hobbies include singing praise songs, reading, sewing and soccer! Molly loves being on stage and loves it even more when she can see her friends and family in the audience. She would like to thank all who are here to see her. She also would like to thank Dana and Jessica for all their hard work in making such a fantastic program!
MEREDITH MORRIS – Guard, Dancer
Meredith is in the 9th grade at Fullerton High School, and is active in choir and waterpolo there. She has been in many SCYT shows over the years since kindergarten, and most recently was in HELLO DOLLY & INTO THE WOODS this summer. She was also in JOSEPH, PETER PAN and THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS at the Dream Center this past year. She loves dance, cheer, swimming and being in musical theater productions. She has 4 brothers, and is excited to be a part of this production of ALLADIN JR.
AIMEE ORDAZ – Magic Carpet
Aimee, a homeschooled 4th-grader, loves to perform! This is her 7 th appearance with SCYT. Other roles have included Tinkerbell , Gretl (2x), Molly, Minnie (AGYG), Woodstock, Annie (“10”), Starlet O’Hara (LOST). She has also played Annie, Molly & Shirley Temple as a featured orchestra concert soloist, and in Kids4Christ. TV credits include “Camp Whatabunchophun" (camper) and “The Bachelorette ” (flash mob dancer). Aimee loves reptiles, friends, Disney, Star Wars, & spending time with her big brother & sister. Thanks to those who came to support her, and to Dana & Jessica for another chance to perform!
ABEL ORNELAS – Gazeem, Townsperson, Arabian
Abel is 9 and homeschooled in the 4th grade. He is the youngest and only boy of 5. This is his 11th production, 8 with SCYT. His favorite rolls so far are "Benjamin" in "Joseph...Technicolor Dreamcoat", "ReRun" in Charlie Brown, & "Skip Masters" in Little Shop of Horrors. Abel loves Taekwondo, basketball, football, playing video games with his dad, and dancing. He wants to play basketball for the Lakers when he grows up. Abel thanks his family, Dana Morris and Jessica Ordaz, and of course, God.
VERONICA ORNELAS – Princess Jasmine
Veronica will be 17 in 2 weeks, & a homeschooled 11th grader. She is the 2nd oldest of 5. Veronica has been in 18 productions, 13 with SCYT. Some of her favorite past roles are "Little Red Riding Hood" Into the Woods (The Attic), "Lucy" Charlie Brown (The Attic), "Crystal" Little Shop Of Horrors, "Susan Pevensie" Narnia, & "Rosie" Bye Bye Birdie. Her passion is acting. She is a black belt in TaeKwonDo. Thanks to Dana Morris, Jessica Ordaz, her family & friends, & most of all God for His many blessings.
SELENA ORNELAS – Rajah (Tiger), Dancer
Selena is 13 and homeschooled in the 8th grade. She is the amazing middle child of 5. This is her 8th production with SCYT, but has also done two other productions, "Charlie & The Chocolate Factory", "Alice In Wonderland", & Into the Woods. Her favorite production so far is "Little Shop of Horrors". Selena loves dancing, singing, acting, art, & TaeKwonDo, where she has received her black belt. Selena would like to thank her family, Dana Morris & Jessica Ordaz, & God for all His love.
ZACH RELOCK – Genie Zach Relock is 16 and is a sophomore at Orange Lutheran High School. This is his thirteenth SCYT show and has loved each one! Some of his favorite past roles have been Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors” and Moonface Martin in “Anything Goes”. In his free time he like to hang out with his friends. He has loved working with SCYT and has developed a second family here. He just wants to thank Dana , Dane, and Jessica for all the help they have given him over the last 3 years!
CASSIDY SAMUELSON – Abu, Dancer
Cassidy is enjoying her 8th show with SCYT. She is a 4th grader at Valley Christian Elementary School in Bellflower. When she's not on stage, she loves to play soccer and shoot hoops. She is so excited to be playing Abu in this production and loves his crazy antics. She especially likes acting alongside Amy as the magic carpet. She is thrilled to be sharing the stage with her big sister Kayla and her very tall cousin Evan. Many thanks to Mom, Dad, Dana and Jessica!
KAYLA SAMUELSON – Narrator
Kayla is a freshman at Valley Christian High School in Cerritos. Kayla is excited to be part of another SCYT production. This is her 10th show with SCYT and she loves the opportunity each show gives her to develop her acting, singing and dancing abilities. Her favorite roles include Audrey in "Little Shop of Horrors" and Kim in "Bye, Bye Birdie." Thanks for everything Jessica and Dana!
EVAN SANDERS – Jafar
Evan is 17 years old and a senior at Oxford Academy in Cypress. Evan enjoys participating on Oxford’s Speech and Debate team and is also a member of Oxford’s prestigious Show Choir. Aladdin is Evan’s first show with SCYT and he looks forward to performing with the group. He’d like to thank Dana and Jessica for the opportunity to be a part of this production and for their dedication to the SCYT program. Evan is very grateful to God for His provision and guidance, and especially for His gift of Salvation in Christ Jesus!
GABRIELLE SOUTHALL – Guard
Gabby Southall is excited to be back on stage performing again with SCYT. Her last musical was several years ago in Annie, performing as Pepper. Since then, she has enjoyed singing in church choir performances and vocal competitions. When she is not singing, she is playing softball with her travel ball team The Knuckleheads. Gabby is very thankful for her family and friends that have come out to support her today. She hopes you enjoy watching the show as much as she enjoys performing in it!
RILEY STANTON – Razoul
Riley is a freshman at Mission Viejo High School. She is on the JV Basketball team and involved in Drama and Chorus. Riley loves theatre and all the wonderful friends she has made at SCYT! She has previously performed in Guys and Dolls Sound of Music, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Charlie Brown, Bye Bye Birdie, Narnia, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wiz and Hello Dolly. She is looking forward to playing Razoul in the upcoming production of Aladdin! Riley would like to thank Jessica and Dana for all their help and guidance and her family and friends for loving and supporting her.
NIKKI VEGA –Narrator
Nikki Vega is a 17 year old junior at El Modena High School. This is her second show with SCYT, her first being Lily St. Regis in Annie. She has participated in many musicals including Clue and Putnam County Spelling Bee. She hopes to continue musical theater studies in college. She gives thanks her family, friends, and God for giving her many opportunities and support for following her dreams.
Dana Morris – Producer Dana grew up in South Dakota and graduated from Concordia College in Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Music with emphasis in Piano and Theory. He was the Minister of Music for 12 years at Eastside Christian Church in Fullerton; Director and Founder of Biola Youth Arts and Biola Youth Theater at Biola University; Founder of the Whittier Playhouse; Founder and President of Southern California Youth Theater since 2000; started the youth theater program at The Village Theater in 2007 and at the Dream Center in LA in 2011. Dana has played piano professionally at Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and various theater companies throughout Southern California. He has musical directed various productions including ANNIE at Whittier High School this spring and for many other theater companies over the years. But his greatest accomplishment in life is to be the proud father of Dane, Jordan, Parker, Harrison and Meredith.
Jessica Ordaz – Director/Choreographer Jessica is thrilled to be choreographing her 14th Southern California Youth Theatre Production, “Aladdin!" Having a passion for performing, she has been blessed with the opportunity to be in over 50 productions. Some of her favorite roles include Belle, Peter Pan, Dorothy, Jan (Grease) The Narrator (Joseph…), Maria (Sound of Music), Lead Dancer/Dance Captain (42nd Street & West Side Story), Little Red (Into the Woods), and Annie (Annie) for which she received the “Best Actress” award for Whittier Community Theatre’s Academy Awards. When not performing, Jessica teaches at Claylee’s Dance Academy and choreographs for special events at church, school, &summer camps, and works as a background actor in various TV shows. Her TV credits include Southland, Heroes, The Middle, Bones, NCIS, and Saving Grace. She recently completed her senior year at Cal State Fullerton and hopes to transfer to the New York Film Academy to major in film acting. Her goal is to someday make it to Broadway, film, or television, specifically Glee and Chuck =). Jessica thanks Dana for giving her this opportunity and for allowing her to use the gifts God has given her to share with others!
LEADERSHIP: Producer: Dana Morris Director/Musical Director: Jessica Ordaz Choreographer: Jessica Ordaz Sound: Parker Morris Lights: Jordan Morris Costume/Set Design: Dana Morris Lead Parent/Stage Manager/Box Office: Judi Griffin Prop Master: Karen Stanton Program/Stage Crew Lead: Todd Griffin Parent Help: all the Cast parents!!
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