All I can say is “WOW”! What a magical experience! Last weekend we took my entire fam to the afternoon performance of Disney’s Alladin presented by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. My children were sitting on the edge of their seats for the entire 60 minutes – that’s hard to do with a 9-year-old, 7-year-old and 4-year-old identical “twinkies” as we like to call them.
The story of Alladin is set in the heart of an enchanted city, poor but charming Aladdin meets free-spirited Princess Jasmine, whose royal status places her beyond his reach. His whole life changes with one rub of a lamp, as a fun-loving, fast-talking Genie appears and grants him three wishes. The Genie was an absolute riot and made it entertaining for both children and parents alike – I found myself cracking up at every single one of her one-liners! The Academy Award-winning songs including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me” made Disney’s Aladdin such a treat for our crew. Bonus for mom, I had a cool celeb-sighting when Angie Harmon strolled right on by with her children after the show. And let me tell you Smarties, she is even MORE gorgeous in real life than on screen, if that’s even possible. I digress.
I was so impressed with every aspect of this show – from the ease of parking, to the beautiful and authentic costumes, to the elaborate stage, to the unbelievable talent and passion from the entire cast. This performance is a MUST-SEE for all families in Charlotte. We take for granted the amazing facilities for the arts that we have here in the QC. Let’s support the arts, especially with this performance. You will not be disappointed!
The Children’s Theatre website recommends this performance for ages 6 through high school. I have to say, I think it was absolutely doable for any 4-year-old and possibly even a 3 1/2-year-old who is really into princess stories and who can sit still through a movie. I did not hear one peep out of the audience that was filled with children of all ages with the exception of roars of laughter or singing along to the music. But you know your child best, so if in doubt, maybe sit this one out.
With performances through October 24, 2010, it’s not too late! Tickets are $18 for general seating and $24 for front orchestra. Check out Children’s Theatre’s website for show times and ticket availability. I hope you enjoy the show as much as we did – we even dusted off our old DVD to relive the magic one more time!