The Holy Cross Drama Club at Holy Cross Catholic School will perform “Aladdin Kids” on March 12 at the East China Performing Arts Center.
The production is based on the 1992 Disney film “Aladdin”. In a statement, directors Katie Phelan and Becky Bryson described the musical as “a story of a pickpocket and a princess shattering glass ceilings and changing the world.”
“Join Aladdin, Jasmine, and the fast-talking, fast-talking Genie as they discover mystical caves, take magic carpet rides, and outsmart the evil wizard Jafar,” Phelan and Bryson said. “Adapted especially for young performers, this musical includes favorite Alan Menken songs such as ‘Friend Like Me’, ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Prince Ali’. With colorful characters and non-stop adventure, “Aladdin Kids” is sure to appeal to all ages. »
The actors are made up of 26 students from Holy Cross Catholic School. The cast members range from kindergarten through seventh grade, with some having multiple roles.
The cast includes Noah Phelan as Aladdin, Luciana Meldrum as Jasmine, Grace Heinrich as Genie, Katie Bryson as Jafar, Matty Phelan as Sultan, Anna Coomes as Lamp Salesman, Kaitlynn Coomes as Iago, Emily Coomes as Avis, Eli Gryszkiewicz as Cave Warden and Guard, Eli Phelan as Abu, Claire Gryszkiewicz, Gracelin Cusumano, Leo DeVeny, Theryn Snyder, Ava Demeulenaere and Heinrich as Agrabahns, Oliver Lehman as Prince Abdullah and the Bread Seller, Alex Path as Prince Hassim and a Guard, DeVeny as Prince Malik, Mackenzie Carty as Fruit Seller and Guard and Lilly DeVeny as Guard.
The full guard includes Rocky Meldrum, Lincoln Tucker, Leo DeVeny and Lehman; the skeletons include Story Lloyd, Emily Coomes, Sophie Tucker, Elizabeth Bryson, Snyder, Cusumano and Demeulenaere, and the Agrabahn/Djinn set includes Ella DeFauw, Oakley Lehman, Elizabeth Bryson, Sophie Tucker and Lloyd.
There are six adults in the crew. The choreographer is Danyel Lloyd, the vocal director is Patrick Phelan, the stage manager is Taylor Perry and the set designer is Brandi Cusumano.
Auditions were held and rehearsals began the second week of January.
“Our kids worked so hard on this production despite the short timeline and challenges of live theater performance in a pandemic,” Phelan and Bryson said. “We are so proud of each one of them. We hope everyone will enjoy this fantastic show.
When asked why they chose to put on “Aladdin Kids”, Phelan and Bryson said it was a classic and a favorite among younger and older generations.
“We hope customers can sit back, relax and forget about their troubles while immersing themselves in ‘A Whole New World,’” they said. “Guests should expect incredible song and dance and a story that transcends the ages.”
The show will start at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door for $5. The East China Performing Arts Center is located at 1585 Meisner Road in East China Township.
Dinner, auction gala
Holy Cross will host its 33rd Annual Auction Dinner and Gala on March 26 at the Holy Cross Activity Center.
“This year’s dinner/auction will include a formal dinner served by Bistro 428/Neiman’s Catering,” said gala chair Martine Carty. “Customers can choose between beef tenderloin marsala, mahi-mahi or chicken carbonara for their main course when purchasing their tickets. Appetizers will also be served at the table this year.
Doors to the event will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The event will include an open bar courtesy of Cocktail Dreams, entertainment, raffle baskets, a silent and live auction, a dessert raffle and a pearl raffle.
Silent and live auction items include a week’s stay at a cabin, a children’s birthday party at Day Dreams Farm Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation, a basketball party at the activity center school, signed/numbered prints of Ducks Unlimited, a tour and a ride in a police car. and ice cream with an officer at the Sweet Tooth Café, a full set of Victorian furniture, the opportunity to be headmaster for a day and more. There is an auction tab on HolycrossOnline.net which includes information about the event, as well as a live stream catalog which is updated daily to show items that will be available during the event.
“We expect to have at least 150 items between raffle baskets, silent auction items and live auction items,” said Martine Carty.
There are also a few new raffles and games this year, including a giveaway tree where guests can purchase an envelope for $10 and receive either a gift card ranging from $10 to $50 or a lottery ticket of one value of at least $5, as well as wine poker, where guests can try to sell out a large platter to win a bottle of wine from Green Barn Winery.
The annual dinner and auction is Sainte-Croix’s biggest fundraiser, Martine Carty said.
“Auction proceeds go directly to the day-to-day operating needs of the school, as well as direct school improvements,” she said. “This year, our Fund-a-Need is to replace our aging and beloved playground equipment.”
Planning for the 2022 gala began just before Thanksgiving, which is later than normal, Carty added.
“We have a wonderful core team and with the support of the school, as well as the community, it turned into a really great event,” she said. “The event is organized each year by parent volunteers. Two Auction Chairs lead the event in the planning phase, but it takes many parents involved to run a successful event each year.
Organizers hope to see at least 200 people in attendance. The maximum capacity of the activity center is 350 people.
For COVID-19 safety, organizers have decided to have a formal seated dinner where plates are brought directly to the table instead of a buffet-style dinner. Appetizers will also be served directly at the table rather than on large platters.
“Tables will be spaced appropriately to create a spacious yet inviting atmosphere,” said Martine Carty.
The event is for ages 21 and up. Tickets for the event are $65 for singles, $120 per couple, and $460 for a table of eight. Ticket prices will increase after March 19 and there will be no dinner tickets available at the door.
Tickets will be on sale at the school secretariat during class hours and at the script office adjoining the school secretariat from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are also available by contacting an auction volunteer at 586-872-8887 or 810-748-7912 or by visiting silentauctionpro.com/onlineticketpurchase.php?groupid=1971.
Tickets for the 50/50 draw are $5 each, and people don’t need to be present to win. The school is also running a tuition raffle, where a current family can win Vicariate tuition for the 2022-2023 school year. Tickets are $100 each and only 100 tickets will be sold.
The Holy Cross Activity Center is located at 618 S. Water St. in Marine City. For more information, visit www.holycrossonline.net or facebook.com/holycrosscatholicmc.