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The silliest play I think I have ever enjoyed

Sunnyside Christian High School production of Aladdin is pure entertainment

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Ian Heffron, cast as the Genie of the Lamp (left), looks away as Aladdin (Timothy Foster) talks about his dream of marrying the princess. Behind Aladdin is the dancing monkey Abu (Josh Stein), listening to his friend.

Sunnyside Christian High School is known for its entertaining on-stage productions.

Audiences won't be disappointed with its most recent play, Aladdin.

Director Candice Bosma introduces the play, letting the audience know not to expect the soft, musical version that is familiar to Disney fans. Instead, this delightful version is closer to the original.

Written by William Glennon, the tale is somewhat familiar.

Aladdin, performed by Timothy Foster, still seeks to romance the princess, portrayed by Betsy Knotts.

The villain, Zorah, is played by Tad Tyhuis. His character is just as scheming as one would expect. However, he is more laughable than convincing.

That's just the point, though.

The characters are overdramatized and just comical. You know you are watching a bunch of kids act out something that is meant to be entertaining and delightful.

I especially enjoyed the Sultan, portrayed by John Newhouse, and Abu (Josh Stein).

Abu's antics and attempts at communicating with the humans around him are sure to make anyone laugh.

Giggles erupted in the Sunnyside Christian Elementary School gym when Abu tries to tell Darkana Nightglade (Kate Newhouse) about Aladdin meeting the genie of the lamp (Ian Heffron) and disappearing.

Abu attempts to woo the princess' monkey, portrayed by Mirella Jimenez, bring about more laughter.

The audience at Sunnyside Christian Elementary School's sneak peek showing this past Wednesday enjoyed the Sultan's line delivery when he accepts Aladdin as a potential son-in-law.

The duo combine efforts in act three, breaking out in a silly lyrical rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." That humorous little number produced a rousing response from the audience.

Everything is a little overdone by Aladdin. He over-emphasizes his dilemmas and his dreams. He drops in a line or two that works like a punch line.

The princess is a little less dramatic. As someone who has been sheltered, her low-key performance works for the role.

The students of Sunnyside Christian High School did a fabulous job with the sets, setting the scenes with creative backdrops. Audience members know when they are inside the marketplace of a land in the Middle East. It is also apparent when the characters are located outside the city or in the Sultan's palace. A little paint went a long way for creating the set.

The costumes, too, are appropriate for the period. The females are dressed colorfully and a lot of transparent material was used for the modest wardrobes. Those who belong to the royal family don costumes with a lot of shine and shimmer, whereas the lower class members of the society are dressed in attire that is less flashy.

I think the cast and crew achieved their goal in delighting the audience, providing a production that will entertain audiences young and old.

Three performances are being staged for the general public at the Sunnyside Christian Elementary School gym. Those wishing to enjoy an evening out can take in the show at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday), and this coming Friday and Saturday at the cost of $5 for adults and $3 for children.

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