Can you think of a name for the boy in the picture?
How does he control the carpet?
Where might the carpet have come from? Why is it in his possession?
How might the other people in the village feel about the boy and his magic carpet?
Where does the boy live?
If you had a magic carpet, how would you use it?
Can you draw what the boy might encounter as he veers around the next corner?
The boy leant to his left and swooped around another corner. He never felt more alive than when he was on his magic carpet.
Finding a straight stretch of road he urged the carpet to top speed, sending plumes of dust from the ground all around him. He quickly approached a woman dressed in black carrying a bowl of fruit…
Can you continue the story?
Can you write instructions about how to fly a magic carpet?
Can you describe what it would be like to fly on a magic carpet?
Think about how you would feel, how fast you might move, how you control the carpet, what you can see and hear and where you are going.
These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better. Can you help?
The boy went along the street on the carpet. He went really fast. He felt happy.
It was a whole new world for students in the St. Ephrem School Drama Club as they presented their first musical production, ‘Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.”
The show was presented on three days, January 13, 14, and 15 at the school’s auditorium, at 74th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway.
The mastermind behind the production was Susan Huizinga, of Theater On the Go!, who has directed over 30 shows at various schools. Her specialty includes going into schools which have never before done a production and helping to put one together from scratch.
“We’re always on a shoe-string budget and we always cover all expenses and have always generated income for the school,” Huizinga noted.
In the case of St. Ephrem, the choice of play was left up to the school, whose one concern was that there would be enough parts for everyone. According to Huizinga, the school chose the play because, “The songs are upbeat and fun, and it has a good story.”
“This was the first time they did a musical,” she added. “And judging by the success, it will not be the last.”
Altogether, the play had 31 cast members. In addition, five other students provided tech support. There was no faculty involved. According to Huizinga, “It was set up for parental participation. Which they did with flying colors! Wonderful parents/guardians/friends and family.”
There were auditions held early September. Rehearsals started right after auditions and were held twice weekly with a music director and a choreographer, “so they get the experience of working with an accompanist and learn to pick up dances,” Huizinga said.
The play featured all of the well-known characters from the movie including Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar, the Genie and more, as well as the film’s Academy Award-winning score, with songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
“As I expected, the children, parents and Principal Mercado were blown away,” Huizinga concluded. “They were all sorry when the show was over and kept asking what we were doing next year.”