Four members of the cast of Disney’s “Aladdin,” which has been playing at the Peace Center, visited SJCS on Thursday.
Korie Lee Blossey, who plays the part of the Genie, and three members of the ensemble — Orianna Hilliard, Allie Pizzo and Michelle West — spent about an hour in the JP II Center answering questions in front of a gathering of students, staff and administrators.
SJCS Fine Arts Department chair Ms. Teresa McGrath served as moderator during the first segment, and students also were given an opportunity to ask questions. Then the four spent some time casually chatting with a group of students.
The cast members discussed their journeys, their biggest challenges with regard to Aladdin; costume changes; what goes on backstage; the blending of the cast; their individual roles; the many roles that go into a production; and other aspects of life in the theatre.
Asked about for those students interested in pursuing a career in theatre, Michelle said, “Dive in as soon as possible.”
“Much like in the story, Aladdin has a lamp, and much like in the story, Aladdin doesn’t need the lamp, and neither do you,” said Korie. “You don’t need three wishes. You don’t need magic. You need to find what you love more than anything, and you can do that.
“I promise you, as somebody who could not dance and I get to do this eight nights a week, you can do anything you want if you want it bad enough and you’re willing to do the work. You’re the only thing that can stop you.”