On the Scene
‘Aladdin Jr.’ opens at DHT
'COME FLY WITH ME!':
Arlin Busano, perfect as the magic carpet in Diamond Head Theatre's production of "Aladdin Jr.," got an assist from Kyle Malis (Genie) and Devin Elting (Jafar) as she took to the air last Friday at the opening-night cast party after the show. Malis is excellent as the fast-talking yet vulnerable Genie; Elting adds a perfect note of comic menace as the scheming villain; and Busano's mute but animated performance adds another engaging character to DHT's staging of the familiar story. One or two of the other actors are annoying, but Busano is always an asset.
A BOY AND HIS PRINCESS:
Chris Villasenor (Aladdin) and Vida Mae C. Fernandez (Jasmine) shared a moment at the cast party. The couple mesh perfectly on "A Whole New World," but Fernandez makes "One Jump Ahead (Reprise)" another musical high. Villasenor gives a strong performance throughout as the street-smart young hero.
IT'S NOT HIS REAL EYEBROW:
Sean Jones, center, was still in costume and makeup when Richard Aadland and Margo Bourland talked with him onstage (DHT allows the audience to go onstage and meet the cast after each show). Jones gives an effective comic performance as Razoul, one of the bumbling bad guys.
ALMOST SHOW TIME:
DHT artistic director John Rampage, left, welcomed Elizabeth Harrison, Miles Wesley and theater supporter Donna Walden to the pre-show sponsors' reception. Wesley is co-choreographer and co-director of the colorful, well-paced show. Harrison is his assistant in both areas.
NEXT STOP, AGRABAH:
Longtime theater supporters Mariko Lyons, left, and Devon Guard enjoyed the pre-show sponsors' reception with Jodi Leong. Lyons recently returned from a whirlwind two-week visit to New York where she caught every major show on Broadway and a few others as well.