'Aladdin' opens Friday at Cultural Center

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The Franklin Community Players will present the family musical “Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp” this weekend at the Lavonia Cultural Center.

  • The cast of "Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp" will take the stage this weekend for four performances at the Lavonia Cultural Center.
    The cast of "Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp" will take the stage this weekend for four performances at the Lavonia Cultural Center.
  • The cast of "Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp" will take the stage this weekend for four performances at the Lavonia Cultural Center.
    The cast of "Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp" will take the stage this weekend for four performances at the Lavonia Cultural Center.
  • The cast of "Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp" will take the stage this weekend for four performances at the Lavonia Cultural Center.
    The cast of "Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp" will take the stage this weekend for four performances at the Lavonia Cultural Center.
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LAVONIA – The Franklin Community Players recently announced the cast has been set for its upcoming production of the family musical “Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp.”

Performances are scheduled for Sept. 27-29 at the Lavonia Cultural Center.  

The cast includes Cohen Nickerson  as Jammal, Brooke Davitt in the role of Halima, Zoie Atkinson as Genie of the Ring, Cordelia Simmons as Scheherazade, Mylie Oliver as Neela, Gracie Smith as Mother, Candace Clippard as Merchant Woman, 

Bella Baskins as Neighbor/ Soloist, Brock Fowler as Alakazam, Grant Ware as Aladdin, Micah Witcher as Chop-Chop, Mia Patterson as Princess Jasmine, Riley Roberts as Zara, Lydia Cothran as Sheba, Emma Nickerson as Queen Sultana, Hunter Collins as Sultan, Braden Young as Ali Bubba, Carolina Madden as Dragon, 

Eli Alewine as Genie of the Jewels, Millie Burdette as  Genie of the Lamp and, as Citizens of Shammar/Court Attendants: Anna Belle Ranly, Annalyse Ranly, Colbia Patterson, Bella Chastain, Tera Parmer, Faith Mackenzie and Violet Simmons.

In the story, Aladdin’s mother and sister are at their wit’s end trying to get Aladdin, who is always with his mischeievous monkey Alakazam, to settle down.  

It’s not easy, especially with merchants and neighbors complaining about Aladdin’s tricks.  

One day Aladdin meets the beautiful Princess Jasmine and vows he will marry her.  

Aladdin, however, is visited by the evil magician, Jammal, and his wicked sister, Halima.  

They know that only a boy named Aladdin can enter the mysterious cave, which houses a strange lamp containing a genie who will grant Jammal all the power he craves.  

Tricking Jammal, Aladdin claims the magic lamp for himself and with its power, wins the princess and impresses the Sultan by building a beautiful palace.  But Jammal isn’t through with his evil ways.  

He regains possession of the lamp, kidnaps Jasmine and magically transports Aladdin’s new palace to the shores of Morocco. 

Aladdin must save Jasmine, face Chop-Chop, the executioner and, recover the lamp.   

The musical features not one, but three, genies, the whining Ali “Bubba” and his umbrella, the fire-breathing dragon and the haughty Sultan’s wife.

The show is directed by Jeremy Tabor.  Victoria Burns is assistant director.

Franklin Community Players President Amy L. Burns said, “We are pleased to announce that partial proceeds from the Saturday matinee performance of ‘Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp’ will benefit Sawyer Brown and his family.  They lost virtually everything in a devastating home fire.  Sawyer is part of our FCP theatre family, and we are thankful to be able to help the Browns during this difficult time.”  

Showtimes  are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  

Ticket prices are $10.  Seats are reserved.  

Tickets are available by calling 706-491-9374 or visit franklincommunityplayers.com   

There is a $1 service charge per ticket for credit card purchases.  

The Lavonia Cultural Center is at 12005 Augusta Road.