The students of Milford High School’s (MHS) Drama Club are thrilled to present The Magical Lamp of Aladdin. Though this play is different than the Disney version, Director Carissa Meiklejohn says that audiences will recognize many elements of this timeless story.
“Since people are familiar with the Disney version, I think they will find it fun to see another version of the story,” said Meiklejohn. “I am really proud of our students. Our program has grown and many of the kids have taken on leadership roles.”
The play takes the audience to the city of Shammar where Aladdin, played by Tobias Biro, and his pet monkey Alakazam, played by Brandon Morgan, meet evil magician Jammal, played by Silas Wheedleton, and his sister Halima, played by Jessica Creigh as they try to trick Aladdin in order to gain possession of a magic lamp. With the help of three genies, played by Millisen Dill, Calvin Gillespie and Kieran Pheasant, Aladdin must defeat Jammal and rescue Princess Jasmine, played by Ciera Emich.
MHS Senior Silas Wheedleton plays the evil magician Jammal and states that playing the role has been fun and exciting. “[Jammal] is evil incarnated, he is very angry and intent on doing whatever he has to do whatever he wants,” said Wheedleton. “Playing a bad character is always fun as you can develop them more as they story goes on.” Wheedleton has been a part of other MHS Drama plays as Dracula in Nosferatu and Lord Farquaad in Shrek.
MHS Senior Ciera Emich performs the role of Princess Jasmine, the love interest of Aladdin. “It is my first lead and I am very excited,” said Emich. “[Jasmine] is the rebellious princess that does not want to marry the person her parents chose for her. I hope the audience can enjoy the childish aspect and laugh at the humor, there is a lot of it in this play.” Emich has performed in MHS Drama performances for all four years of her high school career including Annie, Seussical, Shrek and Princess and the Pea.
Other featured cast members in this production include Amire Collins, Valeria Coverdale, Emma Dehel, Ethan Dehel, Lauren Edwards, Mark Hollingsworth, Rebecca Hutchinson, Brandy Orta, Ash Pierce, Christopher Proetzel, Jennifer Rust and Gabriel White.
Performances will be held in the Milford High School Auditorium on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21. Both evening shows will begin at 7 pm. There will also be an afternoon matinee on Saturday, November 21 at 1 pm. Tickets will be available at the door. $6 for ages 2-18 years old / 60 or older. $8 for all others. For additional information, individuals can contact Producer Erica Snyder at 302-422-1610 or email@example.com.