WHS Summer Thespians Take a Bow in Aladdin Jr.

WHS Summer Thespians Take a Bow in Aladdin Jr.
Posted on 06/30/2016

Young actors and actresses from Overture, the Waco ISD Summer Theater Camp, presented two outstanding performances of the Disney musical "Aladdin Jr." June 25.

It was the culmination of another 5-day workshop where approximatley 40 second through ninth graders experienced almost every facet of preparing a theatrical production.

Students interested in lead roles auditioned early in June and got books and rehearsal CD's to learn their lines.  All other students were part of the ensemble for the play. They all split into three groups:  stage, choreograph and crafts to prepare for doing two shows on Saturday.  Campers worked from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. putting the show together and then rehearsing.

"We didn't turn anyone away, and most of the lines were memorized," Lead Director K'Lynn Childress said with a smile.  She was joined by three other members of Waco High School's Fine Arts team; Technical Director Cory Garrett, and Carrie Forehand and Christie Lujan, who work in the choir department.  Tennyson's Joy Marshall, Brook Avenue's Cheryl McIlwain and G.W. Carver's David Watson also helped with crafts and costumes.

More than half the participants this year were part of the inaugural Overture Camp in 2015 when students presented another Disney musical, "Lion King Jr."  "We're already thinking about what we'll do next year," Childress said.

Right now the acclaimed Waco High Fine Arts Department is focusing on their next big production, "Little Mermaid," which you can see on consecutive weekends in November, right before Thanksgiving.