Aladdin shows at National Theatre

BY: Jayne Buckman-Owoo
The play is a musical by children of Association International
The play is a musical by children of Association International

The National Theatre will come alive on Saturday, May 6 when students of Association International School in collaboration with the Accra Symphony Orchestra put up a play titled, Aladdin.

The play, a musical promises to be exciting as the children exhibit their acting and singing prowess to the admiration of patrons.

The story is a timeless tale of a ‘street rat’ named Aladdin who meets a beautiful princess. He falls in love and guess what, he wins her hand in the end by overcoming evil and major obstacles.

The musical teaches us important lessons in life, that good always does overcome evil and that one should always dream big because you can always achieve your goals.

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The play, which is directed by Elsie Esinam  Srodah and co-directed by Gina Mainoo will show at 2pm and 6pm on Saturday.

In a pre-event speech, the Head of School, Mrs Audrey H. Doryumu said she is proud of the students for the hard work they have put into making of the play.

“You have all given life to this play, to our cast, crew, choir, directors, coaches, musical directors and team and our gifted AIS faculty, I applaud your efforts.

“I am also especially proud of our team of wonderful parents, who have worked tirelessly to make this play a reality.”

On her part, Gina Mainoo said Aladdin the musical has been an exciting play to co-direct, “the style of the play was realism, with the use of ordinary people, set, props, music and costume to depict a normal Arabian town life. 

“The kids were very enthusiastic about the play and made a lot of sacrifices, without their input and creativity this production will not have come on,” she said.

Sharing her experience with Showbiz, Director Elsie Srodah had this to say, “directing this piece has been a learning curve for me, as it has offered compelling insight into the role of the arts as a unifying medium, an effective communication tool for channelling positive change and making great impact in the world we live in. I must admit that, I have had the best of support and I am eternally grateful. To God be the glory!”

Elsie Esinam Srodah is currently the drama teacher of Association International School. She trained at University of Northampton in the UK with a Joint and Combined honours in Media & Drama.