Newton H.S. to visit a whole new world

By Melanie Yingst -

PLEASANT HILL — Newton High School thespians will take you on a journey to a whole new world with their performance of “Aladdin,” which opens at 7 p.m. today, with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The doors open a half-hour before curtain call and tickets at the door are $5 per person.

The performance is based on the Robert Neil Porter book and is a family friendly comedy of the classic story of Aladdin and his magic lamp.

Newton High School junior Windsor Rapp stars as “Aladdin” and has enjoyed each of the drama club’s performances.

“For me, this play is special because it takes place set in an earlier century and basically the style of it is different than what I’ve ever done. It taught me how to feel a part of the character than just acting the part,” Rapp shared during a rehearsal after school. “It’s heartfelt and we put a lot of time into it and had a lot fun with it and it’ll be a fun evening.”

Rapp said he caught the acting bug performing small skits and plays and enjoyed it, but had never been in a true production before joining the school’s drama club last year and scoring the lead role in that play. Rapp said he plans on continuing to perform in college and in the community in the years to come.

Junior Ashley Anthony stars as “Princess Balmyra,” including a solo in her second performance with the Newton High School Drama Club.

“It has a different from the Disney movie and it’s kind of cool how different it is — it’s a lot of fun,” she said. Anthony said she has enjoyed being part of the production which “takes me out of my comfort zone.”

“In sports you can lean on your teammates to help … up here (on stage) it’s all up to you and you have to work on it,” she said.

Senior Nick Hoover is very comfortable wearing a golden turban as the play’s “Sultan.”

“I’m the Sultan — the king of the play. One of my favorite parts about this play is not necessarily the improv, but finding new ways to use things in the play to incorporate humor…I love when someone gets a bright an idea and it’s ‘Oh gosh, we should do this! The way we all communicate is just so fun and it makes play practice the bomb-dot-com,” Hoover said.

The cast includes: Skyler Wilson as “Genie;” Ashley Anthony as “Princess Balmyra;” Michaela Drieling as “Jasmine;” Jasmine Ingle as “Amber;” Kasey Bowerman as “Tiger Lily;” Garrison Willoughby as “Tareye the Terrible;” Windsor Rapp as “Aladdin;” Katherine Marker as “Aladdin’s Mother;” Nick Lesley as the Turkish magician; Nick Hoover as “Sultan;” and Aliya Stine as “Sultana.”

The production includes pianist and foley Milan Bess, spotlight Moustafa Simpara. The directors of the play are Halee Mollette and Trina Short.

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By Melanie Yingst

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