July 2012 at Leighton Buzzard Theatre
LBCT brought you their first "Show in a Week" as part of their new summer school.
£300 raised for British Heart Foundation
Aladdin the Disney Musical was the show choice for Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre Summer School this year. The challenge was to put a show together in less than a week. Over 50 young people aged 5-18 worked together to bring “Arabian Nights” to The Leighton Buzzard Theatre for two packed out performances. The cast members spent either mornings or afternoons working at The Barn in Heath and Reach and THe Drama Studio at Vandyke Upper school for just 4 days before transferring the production to the Leighton Buzzard Theatre. Theatre director Sally Allsopp says” The quality of the performances was stunning, I could not believe how much they did in just 4 and a half days. Aladdin played by 15 year old Seb Cridland and Jasmine played by Josie Derland also 15 led the cast through the story with confidence and passion.Josie also took on the role of choreographer. Rosie Brookes played the Genie fabulously and sang and showstopper “Friend like Me” brilliantly. Jafar, Karl Rushby and Iago, Juliette Flach added the “evil factor” perfectly. The one act show was fully costumed and choreographed in just a few days.The group were led by volunteers mostly aged 14-24 , giving up their time for the community-it was fantastic to see young people helping each other, learning stagecraft, singing, acting and dancing and having such fun.” £300 was raised from the Summer school for The British Heart Foundation. LBCT exists for the community and over the last 17 years has raised over £50,000 for local, national and international charities.
Audience reaction included:
"I thought the show was absolutely brilliant. Well done to all." - Jo Brown