GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company Presents Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”

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The Aladdin show at Disney’s California Adventure closed this month. There were tears and many heartwarming stories about growing up with the story of Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie. The Hyperion is dark and quiet now but it’s not too late!

GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company is pleased to continue their 6th show season with Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, based on the screenplay by Ron Clements and John Musker, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. This version has been adapted for youth performers and offers all the characters and the best numbers from the movie and the Broadway musical including “Friend Like Me” and the award-winning “A Whole New World”.

Show times are Saturdays, January 23 & 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays, January 24 & 31 at 2 p.m. All performances take place at the Lakewood High School Auditorium. The school is located at 4400 Briercrest Avenue in Lakewood. Event parking is free in the school parking lot.

Tickets are $15 for Premium Reserved seats and $12 for General Admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.GO-FAME.org.

The cast consists of 70 youth performers, ages 5-18, from Long Beach and surrounding southern California communities. Elaine Zofrea, the company’s artistic leader, directs the show.

Company History

GO-FAME was started as an afterschool drama program at Minnie Gant Elementary School. Kathy McGuire, Managing Director, and Elaine Zofrea, Artistic Director, run the company. Kathy’s 25 years as a business professional and Elaine’s 30 years in professional theater in New York and California come together to form this nonprofit company.

The first production was Alice In Wonderland in October 2005. Sixty students from grades 1-5 performed to full audiences in the University Theater at CSULB. For the next five years, they continued to produce a full-scale musical at Gant Elementary and the cast grew to about 90 students per show. After The Velveteen Rabbit in February 2010, they transferred the all-school musical program to the Gant Elementary PTA and the tradition continues today.

McGuire and Zofrea began to explore the possibility of incorporating and taking their shows beyond Gant Elementary in 2007. Finally, in May 2009, the first community youth show was co-produced with the All American Melodrama Theater in Shoreline Village. The show season now includes two fully stage musical productions plus three smaller Studio shows. Past shows include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, All Shook Up, Barnum and Kiss Me, Kate.

In addition to their show season, they are proud to offer workshops and classes through the GO-FAME Performance Lab at the GO-FAME Studio located at Parkcrest Center in northeast Long Beach at 3960 N. Studebaker Road Unit 106.

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