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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Treat Your Kids to Aladdin's Luck

Treat Your Kids to <em>Aladdin's Luck</em>

Al Zarnati (left) trying to steal Aladdin's lamp.

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Tired of Disney movies taking over your television? Treat your kids to a live performance of Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s Aladdin’s Luck.  It is the same classic tale of Aladdin that we all know, but more culturally engaging than a blue genie with the voice of Robin Williams. 

The set and stage design, by H. Bart McGeehon, is outstanding.  A simple set, using Islamic architecture, similar to the Taj Majal, magically transforms from a street, to a cave and into the Sultan’s residence.  The many different colored fabrics and HTY’s newest addition, a video projector, assist with these simple and seamless transformations.  The video enhances the performance and keeps the attention of young eyes, as its abstract designs and vibrant colors display images of a hot desert and a dark cave.  It even brings life to the genie—a simple, yet convincing, image of a woman’s arms melodically dancing in thin air.

The actors, Nina Buck and Maile Holck, each play three separate roles, while Hermen Tesoro, Jr. plays the lead role of Aladdin. The numerous characters are very fun to watch and keep the kids entertained throughout the one-hour performance, which includes a sword fight between Aladdin and Al Zarnati that comically ends in a pillow fight.  The kids loved this.  At the end of the show, children are encouraged to come up to the stage and meet the actors while getting their autographs.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth sets a very warm, casual family-friendly experience for kids.  The adults know each other, waving across the room; the kids play with each other, running around pre-show; and, the actors and theater itself obviously love what they’re doing.  This is the type of environment you want to bring your children to.  And, if your kids love this show as much as I know they will, you can bring them back to the same show as many times as you want for free, with HTY’s Passport Program—giving you an option of breaking up those monotonous nights of Nemo and Shrek.  

Suggested Age: 4 and up.
Show times:  August 30, September 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets:  $8 for children, $16 for adults; college students with ID and seniors age 60 and over are admitted for $8.
Location:  Tenney Theatre, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Queen Emma Square

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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2008 in Permalink

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This Kamehameha Schools and UH graduate manages the website for HONOLULU. In her free time she researches Hawaiian genealogy, when she’s not out and about or taking care of her 5-year-old son. She blogs about Honolulu bars, Hawaii nightlife and entertainment.

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