Ecole Central's Aladdin musical a vibrant display of student collaboration

Students of Ecole Central Elementary took to the North Peace Cultural Centre stage Thursday night, all 370 of them, to perform Disney's musical Aladdin KIDS.

The production, which had a string of sold-out shows to the public and other schools this week, was a vibrant display of collaboration and community building.

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"It's community building. We have an amazing staff that want to do a school-wide project involving the arts," principal Broyden Bennett said.

Though there was a main cast to anchor to the show, each class took part in the production, designing their own costumes, learning their own songs and dance routines. Those wanting to help build sets were encouraged to help outside of class.

It's the second year Ecole Central has put on a school-wide production after the success of last year's performance of The Lion King.

The classic tale of Aladdin brought audiences to the kingdom of Agrabah, where street rat Aladdin vies for the love of the princess Jasmine. When the evil Jafar sends Aladdin to steal a magic lamp from the Cave of Wonders, Aladdin accidently releases a genie that grants his wish to become a prince so he can marry Jasmine. But Jafar had other plans for the genie in his quest to rule Agrabah, and Aladdin must escape Jafar's attempts to ambush him and steal back control of the genie.

Ecole Central's motto is ARTS: acceptance, respect, together, and safe, and Bennett said the production ties into those learning values.

"Every class take their own roles and use it as part of their learning," he said.

"Our staff and students did a fantastic job. It can't happen without a great group of kids and group of staff."

See highlights from the show in our photo gallery below.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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