Individuals will have two different weekend opportunities to make their way to the Diamond Theatre in Ligonier to see the live performance of “Aladdin Jr.” as well as the chance to see the newly released live action film there.
Leigh Ann McCulty, director of the show, said the show was chosen specifically to coincide with the live action film’s release.
“We purchased the theater first and foremost as a community theater for the children,” she said. “We wanted a place for them to thrive and give them an opportunity to work together and see that with hard work and each other, they can do amazing things. Being that the Disney was releasing the new ‘Aladdin’ film made it an easy choice to do the ‘Aladdin Jr.’ musical.”
McCulty added that the timing is right in the midst of baseball and softball season, which can be tough, but they thought it would be a good opportunity to show both the movie and have the live production at the same time.
The theater has not only a stage for productions but is equipped with a screen that can be raised and lowered to watch films.
“This is becoming a rarity and we are thrilled that we are able to do both,” McCulty said. “We have an all new sound system and a 4K laser projector. You won’t find a better picture quality anywhere else.”
McCulty said she is excited about the talent that is in the production — so much so, that they had to double cast the entire thing. The cast ranges in age from 6 years to 17 years.
Working with the kids, seeing them shine on stage and seeing them help each other out backstage is the best thing about any of the productions at the theater, she said.
“I think the biggest challenge of this show is the double casting of the leads,” she said. “That involves more rehearsal time and more costumes. It’s also difficult trying to squeeze everyone into one rehearsal when you have a double cast.”
But they’ve made it work.
“We are so excited for the community to come out and see these talented amazing children,” said McCulty. “It’s the time the children get to feel proud about all of their hard work when they hear everyone cheering them on.”
She said she always jokes, “if we didn’t have an audience we would be just a bunch of people on stage talking to ourselves. We are grateful for the community’s support and the families that allow their children to be part of Diamond Theatre.”
Show dates are May 24 and 25 at 6 p.m., May 25 and 26 at 3 p.m., May 31 and June 1 at 6 p.m. and June 1 and 2 at 3 p.m.
Tickets for the live show performance are $15 for adults and $12 for kids that are 10 and under. Ages 2 and under are free.
The live action movie, “Aladdin,” will be shown at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays.
Movie ticket prices are $8 for adults and $7 for kids 10 and under.
Sweet Seats for live shows and movies are an additional $4 on top of ticket prices. For more information: Facebook @diamondtheatreofligonier or www.diamondtheatre.com.