Jim Peterson was on a mission to find a show to direct for Carmel High School students that fit his criteria.
“It was hard to find a story that had a large cast and find something I liked that would appeal to children,” Peterson said. “A lot of things that I found I wasn’t drawn (to), but this one I liked because it was close to Shahrazad’s tale.”
He found the right mix with “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” which is set from Feb. 7 to 9 at the school auditorium.
With a larger auditorium, Peterson tries to produce a play that will attract children from Carmel.
Language is the biggest challenge for senior Megan Goodrich, who plays Princess Adora.
“I was not familiar with this version of the story before. I’ve only seen the Disney version,” Goodrich said. “It’s a little old-school and there is the royal sounding with the larger words. In the past, I’ve played younger characters. My favorite productions are those that are going to attract kids. One of the things I’m excited about is Aladdin and I get to start in the lobby and talk with the kids as they come in and find their seats.”
Goodrich portrayed Molly, the female lead, in “Peter and the Starcatcher” a year ago. Goodrich and senior Ayden Stewart, who plays her father, the Sultan, are both members of the Ambassadors, a mixed show choir.
“It’s a big character, one the little kids would like,” Stewart said. “There is a lot of yelling and fooling around. I haven’t played many over-the-top characters, so it’s finding how to be a big character while driving.”
Sophomore Austin Audia plays Aladdin in his first lead role in high school.
“This is definitely a lot more dialogue heavy,” Audia said.
Audia played one of the Lost Boys in “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
“I’m seeing some similarities between Aladdin and a Lost Boy,” Audia said. “They’re both kind of poor, mischievous and always getting in trouble. Kind of charming in a way. I’m fortunate to be cast in this role and I’m loving it so far.”
Junior Maddie Nagel plays Aladdin’s mother.
“It’s one my favorite roles because it’s a kids’ show,” Nagel said. “I get to interact with the kids and get to be very over-the-top.”
Like Stewart, Nagel said the biggest challenge is perfecting the over-the-top character.
The performances will be a 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, 9 and 2 p.m. Feb. 9, For tickets, visit ticketracker.com.