The colors, sights and sounds of a Disney classic will take center stage this week at the Merced Theatre, as students with Weaver Performing Arts present their production of Aladdin Jr.
The students, who range from fourth- through eighth-graders, will perform the musical for schools in the Weaver Union School District today through Friday. Shows for the general public are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday.
The actors and back stage crew, 78 students total, are from Farmdale Elementary, Pioneer Elementary and Weaver Middle School.
Melissa Sanders, a third-grade Pioneer Elementary teacher who helped with the costumes and organization of the production, said the play was cast in August and rehearsals started in September.
Tuesdays performance was interrupted by a fire alarm. The students had to leave Pioneer School until firefighters ensured there was no fire inside. Sanders said the students were unshaken by the disturbance and pressed forward to perform a stellar show. They were pros, they were troopers. They were going on as if the fire alarm had never gone off, Sanders said.
Sanders said some of the students had to learn two parts for the production, in addition to learning how to dance and sing.
Last year, Weaver Union students performed Disneys Little Mermaid Jr. Weaver Performing Arts has been staging musicals since 2003, and Aladdin Jr. is its ninth large production.
Admission is $8 for shows open to the public. The Merced Theatre is located at 301 W. Main St. For more information or reservations, call the Merced Theatre at (209) 381-0100.