The Arabian Nights Come To Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Aladdin and the Magic Lamp

Theater brings popular magical story to life on stage for young audiences, running June 15 – July 23, 2017 in the Goldman Theater.

Orlando, FL - Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF (Orlando Shakes) kicks off its 2017-2018 Children’s Series with the celebrated Middle Eastern folktale Aladdin and the Magic Lamp from June 15 - July 23, 2017 in the Goldman Theater. Adapted by Brandon Roberts (2016’s Beauty and the Beast and 2015’s The Frog and the Princess), the family-friendly production will feature a “Choose Your Own Journey” interactive approach, in which the audience will be able to determine the outcome of the play. Tickets ($9 - $20) can be purchased by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, online at, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 E. Rollins St.).

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp tells the timeless tale of a boy, a genie, and the power of pursuing your dreams. Based on Middle Eastern folktale The Arabian Nights, a young man named Aladdin seeks advice on how to meet the princess from wise genies, a powerful sultan, and his own mother. Told with help from the younger members of the audience, Aladdin learns that it takes more than a wish to make a good impression and to always follow your heart.

“We are very excited to be kicking off our Children’s Series with a different kind of fairy tale this year,” said Anne Hering, Director of Education at Orlando Shakes. “The ‘Choose Your Own Journey’ approach presented in Aladdin and the Magic Lamp will make audience members feel like they are really living the adventure like never before.”

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp features Luis Herrera as Aladdin, Henry Gibson as Genie of the Ring/Ensemble, Gemma Victoria Waldonas Vizier  Hasna/Mother, and Chelsey Panisch as Genie of the Lamp/Ensemble.

The Orlando Shakes artistic team includes Director Patrick Braillard, Set Designer Kurt Bippert, Costume Designer Mel Barger, Lighting Designer Colleen Doherty, and Sound Designer Britt Sandusky, Stage Manager Paige Gober, and Production Assistant Alyssa Will Zegers.

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp is presented by CliftonLarsonAllen.

Chelsey Panisch as Genie of the Lamp and Luis Herrera as Aladdin star in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp.
 Chelsey Panisch as Genie of the Lamp and Luis Herrera as Aladdin star in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. Photo by Luke Evans.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of and This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.

Preview Dates - June 15 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and June 16 at 10:30 a.m.
Opening Date – June 17 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sensory Friendly – July 1 at 4:30 p.m.
ASL Interpreted – July 8 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

OPENING DAY CELEBRATION - Saturday, June 17 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Join us one hour before both opening day performances to take part in free crafts and activitiesFree to all opening day ticket holders. No RSVP required.

SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE Saturday, July 1 at 4:30 p.m.
Orlando Shakes invites families with children that have sensory, social, cognitive, or physical challenges to participate in our Sensory Friendly performance. In addition to lighting, sound, and vocal cues being adjusted, patrons will be able to exit the theater with ease during the performance should their child become overwhelmed. Social stories and other resources will also be available to patrons via Orlando Shakes website prior to the performance.  

ASL SHADOW INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE Saturday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
A sign language interpreter shadows each actor, providing a rich theater experience for our patrons who use sign language. This is also an excellent experience for hearing theater patrons as well as they will be able to enjoy a new and different style of theater.

Join members of the cast for interactive pre-show fun for the whole family. The fun starts 10-15 minutes prior to every performance.

Stick around after every performance of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp for a special autograph session with the stars of the show.

Tuesday - Friday at 10:30 a.m. – $9
Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. – $14 children; $20 adults
Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. – $14 children; $20 adults

Group Sales: Up to 20% off groups of 10+
Student Matinee: Purchase 10 tickets and the 11th ticket is free during select weekday performances

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