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‘Aladdin’ to complete its run this weekend

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Rachel Wallis and Cody Gough lead the talented cast of "Aladdin Jr." at The Ruffin. The show will complete its run this weekend. Photo by Heather Ziegler

Last weekend’s opening of Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. at the historic Ruffin Theater was well received, and both cast and patrons had an entertaining time.  
“The cast and crew had so much fun with opening weekend and cannot wait for the next performances, said director France Gasquet. “The show received such praise as, ‘adorable,’ ‘worth the drive,’ and ‘excellent.’ I love those compliments because the cast has worked so hard to give you their very best - from the character work, to the dancing, singing and costumes.
Aladdin, Jr. is a musical adaptation and features everyone’s favorite characters from the 1992 hit Disney film - Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, and the Genie. Based on the screenplay by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, Aladdin, Jr.’s music was composed by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Aladdin, Jr.’s Academy award-winning score includes favorite songs such as “A Whole New World,” “One Jump Ahead” and “A Friend Like Me.”
Aladdin, Jr. is the first show Gasquet has directed at the Ruffin, although she has performed as a child on the Ruffin’s stage.
“My first play was Brigadoon, here at the Ruffin when I was 12,” said Gasquet. “I remember being so excited that I was in the cast and on stage at the Ruffin. It’s surreal to be back at the Ruffin as a director.”
The play will be on stage for three more performances this weekend and if you haven’t seen it yet, you don’t want to miss it! The approximately 90-minute fantasy tale will have audiences’ spirits soaring with excitement over magic, mayhem, flying carpet rides and singing along with the familiar tunes.
“Aladdin, Jr. is a feel-good show and not too long,” added Gasquet. “The entire run is a little less than an hour and a half and perfect for younger audience members.”
Aladdin, Jr. will be on stage at the Ruffin Theater, 113 W. Pleasant Ave. in Covington on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 3-17, seniors 55+ and military with ID card and can be purchased online for any night at www.ruffintheater.org.

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