Disney's Aladdin, Jr. - December 06 - December 08, 2017

The SEED School of Washington, DC

 End Notes 

Notes from the Director



Each year, as I sit to write my Director’s Notes, I find that it becomes increasingly difficult to capture in words, and in the space provided, the amazing power of our SEED community. We began this process in early October and in that time the cast, crew, production staff and our many community member have worked tirelessly to bring this story to life. This process was filled with excitement, laughter, "ah-ha" moments, and just a genuine celebration of one another; but it was also not without moments of tears, frustration, sweat, exhaustion, and reflection.


We are all thrilled to be presenting Aladdin, Jr. not only this week at THEARC Theater in DC, but also at the national 2018 Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA MLK Weekend for adjudication. Throughout this process, Ms. Randee Grant and Ms. Tina Taylor, have worked tirelessly to put their unique stamp on this production. I am very fortunate to work each year with such talented individuals and my appreciation for what you bring to the table, talents that differ greatly from what I have to give, knows no bounds. You trust me to weave the fabric together that is the SEED Falcon Theatre and provide the support necessary to keep the fabric strong. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


I would also like to personally recognize our talented scholar-artists participating in this production. You continue to inspire me daily and help me to learn more about myself and the value of arts in education in your lives. You all have such amazing gifts and talents. Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for becoming a sponge in the process. Thank you for sharing your talents with the world. You are valued and appreciated.


As a graduate of Temple University, Temple Owls believe that their are "acres of diamonds in your own backyard! (Russell Conwell)" This ideology speaks to the notion that you can find fortune if you know where to look. In Aladdin, our title character is somewhat a diamond in the rough who has no fortunes... no prized possessions...  he is a beggar... he is poor. He believes he must change his appearance and portray something and someone that he is not in order to win the affection of a young lady and the respect of those around him. He quickly learns that people take for granted material things and prized possessions and that sometimes you must look within in order to bring out the true you for the world to see -- that is the diamond of value that makes one rich beyond measure. Throughout this journey, all of us (scholars, artistic staff, production staff) have gone "over, sideways, and under on a magic carpet ride" to find our acres of diamonds and "whole new world." Together, we have experienced "unbelievable sights... and ...indescribable feelings" as we soared "through an endless diamond sky!" This journey has made us stronger... more reflective... more compassionate... more understanding! We hope that you, too, are able to "hop a carpet and fly" to explore your own diamond sky... to recognize the value and worth that is found within, in yourself and others.


Thank you for your continued support of The SEED Falcon Theatre. We are very grateful you are here and hope you enjoy!





Dr. LaMar Bagley

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