Stanwich students take audiences to a ‘Whole New World’

Stanwich School recently hit the stage for a musical performance of the classic tale of Aladdin. The iconic Disney cartoon was quite a hit thanks to the hard work of the school’s Intermediate House.

Stanwich School recently hit the stage for a musical performance of the classic tale of Aladdin. The iconic Disney cartoon was quite a hit thanks to the hard work of the school’s Intermediate House.

Intermediate House students from The Stanwich School recently showed audiences ‘a whole new world’ with musical performances of Disney’s classic film Aladdin.

Two standing-room-only audiences enjoyed the shows, which starred the school’s sixth graders, featured its fifth graders and introduced its fourth graders.

The story follows Aladdin, a street-urchin who lives in a large and busy town long ago with his faithful monkey friend Abu. 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. Under the orders of the evil Jafar, the sultan’s advisor, Aladdin is thrown in jail and becomes caught up in Jafar’s plot to rule the land with the aid of a mysterious lamp. Legend has it that only a person who is a “diamond in the rough” can retrieve the lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Aladdin might fight that description, but that’s not enough to marry the princess, who must, by law, marry a prince.

Aladdin becomes trapped in the cave and accidentally discovers the resident of the lamp, Genie, and uses his wishes to become a prince to chase the affections of Princess Jasmine. When Jafar finally steals the lamp and gets three wishes of his own, Aladdin must rely on his intelligence to trick Jafar and save his friends and the Kingdom.

The cast of sixth graders included: James Winn as Aladdin, Claire Stein as Jasmine, Olivia Lapine as the Genie, Gabe Smilovic as Jafar, Ryan McMurchy as the Sultan, Adler Viton as Razoul, Kayla Foster as “MC” — Narrator Number One, Isabelle Jackson as Narrator Number Two, Lily Grady as Narrator Number Three, Marit Kalverkamp as Narrator Number Four, Kelly Van Hoesen as Narrator Number Five and the carpet, Andria Warren as a Narrator Number Six and the carpet, Skyler Davidson as Iago, Liam Hayes as Abu, Julissa Cedeno as Raja, Malcolm Brydson as Prince Dahdu Rahn Rahn, Yusef Abaza as Prince Baba of Ganoush, and Karl Gregory as The Artist formerly known as Prince.

The fifth grade harem girls included: Jesse Boolbol, Elizabeth Colligan, Molly Cutter, Talie Daetwiler, Celia Daigle, Zoe Goldberg, Sarah Hammoud, Janaiyah Lamb, Winnie Marion, Grayson McIntyre, Namugenze Mpembo, Sydney Pittignano, Laurel Pitts, Elizabeth Raezer, Carylin Rivera, and Kirsty Winn. The fifth grade guards included: Andrew Boykin-Holland, Carter Boykin-Holland and Ben Weinstein.

The fourth grade townspeople included: Lucia Altmann, Lulu Brauer, Delilah Brien, Katharine Brydson, Sydney Duncan, Elllie Clark, Olivia Goldstuck, Charlotte Grady, Ainsley Hoemann, Sophie Jayaweera, Lily Mayer, Emily Newton, Charlotte Raine, Lily Russian, Ada Shaffer, Madeleine Vitanza, Somer Wecker, and Sonia Whitman.

The fourth grade guards included: Chris Benincasa, Jackson Dapuzzo, George Drennen, Wilson Evans, Jonnie Jackson, Declan Long, and Andrew Shaffer.

The show’s musical directors were Kreg Gotschall, Dr. Caroline Worra and Kerry Gotschall, with percussion by sixth grader Caroline Thomas. Costume and makeup design was by parents Monica Hayes, Ingrid Winn, Jessie Drennen, Wendy Cutter and Laura Stein; spotlights were handled by faculty members Danny Combatti and TJ Ramirez; and the backstage crew consisted of Stanwich’s Intermediate House teachers.

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