B-P Elementary Drama Club Presents “Aladdin Kids” June 4-6

Tickets available for purchase starting Monday, May 10

a blue nighttime sky background shows the logo for "Aladdin Kids", along with the text, "BPES Drama Club Presents:" and "June 4-6, In-Person and Online Performances!"

The community is invited to attend the BPES Drama Club’s production of “Aladdin Kids” June 4-6, with three live performances scheduled to take place at Broadalbin-Perth Elementary School on an outdoor stage built specifically for the production. Friday and Saturday’s live performances will be at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday’s live show will be at 1:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door. A recording of one of the performances will be streamed online and will be available to view at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 6.

Tickets for both in-person and online streaming can be purchased here:

https://www.showtix4u.com/events/Aladdinkids

a young boy dressed as Aladdin and a young girl dressed as Jasmine pose in front of set sceneryIn-person tickets for live performances will cost $5. A streaming “Household Pass” will cost $10 (plus applicable fees) and allow a person to stream the pre-recorded show at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 6. Those who purchase a streaming ticket will be sent a unique passcode that will grant them access to the show. All proceeds will benefit the B-P Elementary Drama Club.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be strictly followed for the in-person performances. Everyone in attendance must wear a mask and maintain social distancing. 

three young girls dressed in red and black pose for the camera“Aladdin Kids” is directed by BPES teaching assistant Jen Szumowski, who has served as the adviser of the BPES Drama Club since its inception in 2017.

CDC regulations and local health and safety protocols required Szumowski to think outside the box on how the club could present this year’s show in a safe way. They decided that an outdoor production would offer the most flexibility — except that an outdoor stage didn’t exist. 

Szumowski enlisted the help of the community to donate materials for free or at a reduced cost and the help of her husband, B-P Board of Education member Ed Szumowski and B-P parent Bill Feerick to actually build the stage.

two young actors sing a song as other actors dressed in black and gold do a choreographed number around them

Last year’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” was nearly canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Szumowski found a way to get the show off the ground by recording individual scenes and editing them together to present an online version of excerpts from the musical. 

With last year’s experience fresh in her mind, Szumowski says she used those lessons to help plan this year’s production of “Aladdin Kids.”

“We had to decide which show we were doing last fall and we had no idea how the rules would change by June, so we purposely chose a show that we could get the streaming rights for and be prepared to perform both in person and online,” she said.

four characters from the show Aladdin Kids pose in their show costumes

B-P elementary students have been rehearsing since January for the show, with many obstacles — such as quarantines, virtual rehearsals, social distancing, and singing/acting with masks — that often made learning choreography and staging difficult.

“Rehearsals have been really challenging for reasons that have been beyond any of our control,” Szumowski said. “Knowing all the hard work the kids have put in makes it particularly gratifying to see everything now start to come together in this last month before we go live.”

three young actresses from Aladdin Kids listen to the director give instructions during a rehearsal