The Wellesley Players Family Theater will return this weekend to a favorite show, which was partially written by a local resident. The Players will present Aladdin and Adora, an original musical for all ages on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Wellesley Middle School.
Aladdin and Adora is the story of a young princess, daughter of the Sultan of Arabia, and Aladdin, an orphan boy who lives in the desert, who are wooed by an evil wizard to retrieve a magic lamp from a secret cave, according to a release from the Players.
While many families are familiar with the Disney version of Aladdin, the Wellesley Players’ version offers a somewhat different take on the adventure, with music and lyrics written by Wellesley resident Wil Breden in 1979 while he was working in the United Arab Emerates. While there, he connected with an American school which happened to be producing Aladdin, and wrote the music for the show.
Breden also serves as Music Director for the production, and has written 11 other Family Theatre shows. “I enjoy writing music, especially for young people, where I can deal with their feelings,” Breden said.
Locally, the show has been produced twice previously by the Players and has always been a hit with children and adults. Director and Wellesley resident Barbara Tarlin also directed the original Wellesley production in 1982, when her oldest son played Aladdin.
“Children love the show because it is quick paced, funny and has lots of
interaction with the audience,” Tarlin said.
Aladdin and Adora will be presented the Wellesley Middle School, 50 Kingsbury St. Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased online at www.wellesleyplayers.org, at Little Bits toy stores in Wellesley or Natick, or at the door.
A grant from the Decibels Foundation will be used to provide sign language interpreters for the Players production of Aladdin and Adora.
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