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Aladdin: A Musical Panto

Aladdin: A Musical Panto

By Pete Pryor & Samantha Reading

Music & Lyrics by Michael Ogborn

Directed by Pete Pryor

November 15 - January 7

Leonard C. Haas Stage


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Make our hilarious, irreverent, rollicking panto your new holiday tradition! When young Aladdin and his animal pals find a mysterious lamp, the adventure begins. Cheer our heroes as they rescue Princess Mai Tai, fly a magic carpet, and plot with the beloved Dame, Widow Twankey, to save their village of Paolistein from the clutches of the evil villain Fu. This high-energy, musical romp “beats a sugar rush any day” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

"It just might be the best thing you see this holiday season"Talkin' Broadway


Widow Twankey: Mark Lazar*
Aladdin: Camilo Estrada
Mai Tai: Samantha Funk*
The Nurse: Susan McKey*
Sultan: Kim Carson*
Manny the Monkey: Peter Danelski
Fu: Christopher Patrick Mullen*
Morris the Mantis: Zach Aguilar*
Genius of the Ring: Tom Teti*
Genie of the Lamp: Nichalas L. Parker*
Michael the Intern: Mike Dorsey*
Moesha the Intern: Marissa Barnathan
Mel the Intern: Emily Kaye Lynn
Male Swing: Adam Howard
Female Swing: Tori Lewis
Director: Pete Pryor
Assistant Director/Choreographer: Samantha Reading
Music Director: Thomas Fosnocht III
Drummer: Kanako Omae Neale
Set Designer: James F. Pyne, Jr.
Costume Designer: Rosemarie McKelvey
Stage Manager: Kate McSorley Fossner*
Line Producer: Abigail Adams


* Member, Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

Zach Aguilar (Morris the Mantis)
People's Light debut. Theatre includes: Gypsy (Arden Theatre), Spamalot (Resident Theatre Company), Azul (La Fabrica), SkippyJonJones Snow What?! (Theatreworks USA), Kill Will and Taming of the Shrew (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre), Other Tongues(Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival). Training: BFA Musical Theatre, University of the Arts.

Marissa Barnathan (Moesha the Intern)
People's Light: The Three Musketeers (The Later Years), Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon. Theatre Includes: A Christmas Carol, SkippyJonJones, Pinkalicious (Walnut Street Theatre), West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet (The Media Theatre), Respect: A Musical Journey of Women (Penn’s Landing Playhouse), Beehive, Catch Me If You Can, Footloose, Smokey Joe’s Cafe (The Eagle Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (The Candlelight Theatre), Burt and Me (Delaware Theatre Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre), The Merry Wives of Windsor (St. Louis Shakespeare). Film/Television Includes: Variety (His and Her Films). Training: BA from Washington University in St. Louis; Shakespeare at the Globe Program; Walnut Street Theatre Apprenticeship. Website: www.marissabarnathan.com

Kim Carson (Sultan)
People's Light: Sleeping Beauty, Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon, Cinderella, Aladdin, The Master Builder, and Six Characters in Search of an Author. Theatre Includes: Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre, Mauckingbird Theatre, Theatre Exile, John W Engerman, 59 E 59, Virginia Stage Co, Passage Theatre, NJ Rep, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Asuka Theatre. Website: www.kim-carson.com

Peter Danelski (Manny the Monkey)
People’s Light debut. Theatre Includes: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Studio Theatre, Curio Theatre Company, 24 Hour Plays, among others. Theatre scholar with research and writing presented nationally, most recently at the 41st Comparative Drama Conference. Training: DeSales University, Trinity College Dublin, and a proud Americorps alumnus after a year of service with Habitat for Humanity. Website: www.petedanelski.com

Mike Dorsey (Michael the Intern)
People’s Light debut. Theatre Includes: Evita (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Urinetown, Secret Garden, Road Show (11th Hour Theatre Co.), Forever Plaid (Montgomery Theatre Co.), Plaid Tidings, Vincent in Brixton (Walnut Street Theatre), Burt and Me (Delaware Theatre Co.), The Graduate (Eagle Theatre), Avenue Q (Mazeppa). Website: www.mike-dorsey.com, @mikedorseyyy

Camilo Estrada (Aladdin)
People’s Light debut. Theatre Includes: Musical Theatre: Rolf in The Tiny Mustache (NYC workshop), Charley in Merrily We Roll Along, Charles Guiteau in Assassins, and Nikos in Legally Blonde. Opera: New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Pasek in Príhody lišky Bystroušky, Mercurio in La Calisto, Tenor in Hydrogen Jukebox, and Cecco in Il Mondo Della Luna. Training: BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. Website: www.camiloestrada.com

Samantha Funk (Mai Tai)
People's Light debut. Theatre Includes: National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and Disney Cruise Line. Training: BFA Musical Theater, Rider University. Website: @samfunkadelic

Adam Howard (Male Swing)
People's Light debut. Theatre Includes: Arden Theatre, PlayPenn, and Philadelphia Artists' Collective. Up next: Ready Steady Yeti Go(Azuka Theatre). Training: Recent graduate of The University of the Arts.

Mark Lazar (Widow Twankey)
Company Member since 1998. People's Light: The Matchmaker, Sense and Sensibility, The Cherry Orchard, The Rainmaker, Master Builder, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Of Mice and Men, King Lear, The Foreigner, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily and all the pantos. Theatre Includes: Most recently Ah Wilderness! at East Lynne Theatre, North Caolina Shakespeare Festival (12 seasons; 10 Christmas Carols as Ebenezer Scrooge), Madison Repertory Theatre (10 seasons; Founding Member), American Players Theatre, Milwaukee Rep and most of Wisconsin's other professional theatres. Also: Charlotte Rep, Festival Stage of Windston-Salem, New American, Cider Mill and East Lynn. Film/Television Includes: Frame of Mind, Folkbooks (PBS Award), Shake Rag Alley Radio: Ebenezer Scrooge, Delaware Public Radio's annual theatrical broadcast of A Christmas Carol, 15 years Broadcaster (USA and International). National Tour: Charlotte's Web. Training: B.A. Theatre, Dean's List, University of Wisconsin.

Tori Lewis (Female Swing)
People's Light debut. Theatre Includes: Les Miserables, Pericles, Hamlet, Rapunzel, and Much Ado About Nothing at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Training: BA from DeSales University.

Emily Kaye Lynn (Mel the Intern)
People's Light: Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto. Theatre Includes: Sensitive Guys (in prod., InterAct Theatre), West Side Story (Media Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Compass Rose Theatre), Flash of Time (The Kimmel Center), Cabaret (Renaissance Theatre). They also performed for four years with the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair, where they served as Assistant Stunt Coordinator. Training: BFA in Musical Theatre, Shenandoah Conservatory, recognized with honors by five different international stage combat organizations. Soli Deo Gloria. Website: emilykayelynn.com

Susan McKey (The Nurse)
Company Member since 1988. People's Light: Susan has appeared in almost every holiday panto; most recent credits include Sleeping Beauty, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice. Other People's Light credits include Legacy of Light, Master Builder, End Days, Playhouse Creatures, Book of Days, Splittin' the Raft, Skin of our Teeth, to name only a few. Theatre Includes: White Guy on a Bus (Delaware Theatre Co/59E59 NYC), Unnecessary Farce (Act II Playhouse), Time Stands Still (Act II/Delaware Theatre Co), How I learned to Drive (Theatre Horizon), Edward Albee's At home at the Zoo (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Lady from the Sea (Lantern Theatre), Tooth & Claw, Hedda Gabler, Henry V, and Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet - for which she won the first ever Barrymore Award for Best Supporting Actress (Arden Theatre). Susan is an avid quilter and native Cape Codder.

Christopher Patrick Mullen (Fu)
Company Member since 2005. People's Light: Moon Over Buffalo, Richard II, Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon, Cinderella, The Winter's Tale, Mr. Hart & Mr. Brown, The Emperor's New Clothes, Gossamer, King Lear, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Getting Near to Baby, Robinhood, Twelfth Night, Splittin' the Raft, Jack & The Beanstalk, The Crucible, Fabulation, The Miser, Sleeping Beauty, Julius Caesar, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Crow and Weasel, Hush: An Interview With America, The Tempest, Wind In The Willows. Theatre Includes: West Side Story (1st National Tour); The Runner Stumbles (Off-Broadway Revival); The Whaleship Essex (Vineyard Playhouse); When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (Retro Productions); Metamorphoses, Macbeth, A Little Night Music, Candide, Assassins, and The Stinky Cheeseman (Arden Theatre); 26 productions with The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival including Love's Labour's Lost, Pericles, Henry VIII, Dracula: The Journal of Jonathon Harker, Charley's Aunt, Hamlet, The Glass Menagerie, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Macbeth; Amadeus (Hedgerow Theatre); The Pavilion (Chester Theatre Co.); The Compleat Wrks of Willm Shkspr (abridged), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre). Film/Television Includes: Law & Order. Training: DeSales University.

Nichalas L. Parker (Genie of the Lamp)
People's Light debut. Theatre Includes: Big Fish, The Life, Passing Strange (11th Hour Theatre); Lost in the Meadow (PearlDamour); A Funny Thing Happened...., The Wizard of Oz, Peter and the Starcatcher, Memphis (Walnut Street Theatre). Training: Graduat of The University of the Arts and former WST Acting Apprentice. Nichalas also works as a Teaching Artist, teaching children all around the tri-state area.

Tom Teti (Genius of the Ring)
Company Member since the beginning, 1974. People's Light: Over 150 productions, most recently Sleeping Beauty, The Three Musketeers (The Later Years), Stella and Lou, Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon, Pride and Prejudice, Cinderella, and Mark Twain: Sacred Cows make the Best Hamburgers. Theatre Includes: Most recently The Gin Game at Montgomery Theater, Red at Shadowland Theatre, Tommy and Me with Theatre Exile at Fringe Arts; Walnut Street Theatre, Wilma Theater, Hedgerow, Philadelphia Theater Company, Arden Theatre, Montgomery Theater, Act II Playhouse. Nationally: Kennedy Center, D.C.; City Theater, Pittsburgh; Humana Festival Actor's Theater, Louisville; Two River, Red Bank, NJ; Shadowland, Ellenville, NY; Odyssey Theatre LA. Film/Television Includes: Homicide, Hack, Limitless, Condition Red.