St. Bernard Prep to perform Disney’s ‘Aladdin Jr.’ this weekend

Princess Jasmine (Maddie McBride) looks on as Genie (Cole Bissot) “illuminates the possibilities” for Aladdin (Adrian Cortes-Villegas). (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – This Friday through Sunday, April 8-10, St. Bernard Prep’s Drama department will present “Aladdin Jr.,” a little twist on Disney’s popular telling of the tale of an orphaned “street rat” who is offered three wishes by a genie.  With his heart set on the love of a princess, Aladdin must balance rising fame and fortune with an ultimate need to be true to who he really is.

“I am extremely proud of the Aladdin cast for several reasons,” said Director Ashleigh Russell. “One is that these kids are so busy with schoolwork, sports, holding down jobs and being involved in their community, but still find time to rehearse several times a week, outside of school, to put on a great show. I am also very proud of this group for coming together to become a team. They range from 7 – 12 grade, and may or may not have known each other before this show. Lastly, I have grown to love these kids as my own and have enjoyed seeing them grow and improve their talents and theatrical skills. They have been open to becoming better and improving and I can’t wait for the community to see them take the stage.”

Cast and crew

Aladdin – Adrian Cortes

Genie – Cole Bissot

Jasmine – Maddie McBride

Sultan – Campbel Whaley

Jafar – Emmanuel Santiago

Iago – Madison Moody

Magic Carpet – Caroline McBride

Aboo – Sean Daly

Rajah – Daniel Pichardo

Babkak, Omar and Kassim – Gabriel Zimmerman, Cameron Smiley, Josh Marks

Isir – Maybrit Freudenberg

Manal – Joy Lamote

Beggars – Reid Bissot, Alexander Nacilla

Apple Vendor – Caroline McBride

Razoul – Ricky Ramirez

Guards – Sarah Woods, Luke Daly, James Crabb

Prince Abdullah – Abel Morris

Attendants – Parker Guthrie, Daniel Pichardo

Entourage/Agrabahns – Above cast plus Emma Whaley, Maggie Holsomback, Sarah Cumbie

Voice of the Cave of Wonders – Matthew Shaddrix

Stagehands – Samuel Myers, Adrian Gershfield, Abbi McBride

Choreographers – Merilee Schartung, Emma Whaley, Maggie Holsomback

Set design – St. Bernard Prep Middle School art class with Elicia Fallin and Meghan Epperly

Lights, sound – John Caples, Adrian Gershfield

At a glance

St. Bernard Prep presents Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”

April 8, 9, 10 at the Byre Theater at St. Bernard Abbey

April 8 at 7:00 p.m.

April 9 at 7:00 p.m.

April 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $10

For tickets or information, call the school office at 256-739-6682 or email

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W.C. Mann