The magic of this Aladdin musical is a bilingual twist at Boyle Heights’ Casa 0101 Theater

Everyone in Agrabah can speak two languages until Jafar makes a wish so that people in the palace speak only Spanish and the people in the streets speak only English. His plan hits a snag however when he accidentally spills magic dust on a few animals, including Princess Jasmin’s pet tiger, Rajah, and Aladdin’s pet monkey, Abu, which enables them to speak both languages, too. The animals then act as translators for the people of Agrabah and for the audience as well, who will be able to follow the story even if they don’t speak both languages, Tejeda noted. He is still able to speak both languages, therefore giving him more power.
When: Opens 8 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20-$30.Information: 323-263-7684, www.casa0101.org. and 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. First St., Boyle Heights. and 8 p.m. 19 with shows at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m., 4 p.m. Where: Casa 0101 Theater, 2130 E. Friday and runs through Feb.

But there’s no need to speak a second language to follow along, thanks to a few royal translators and talkative animals.“What really inspired me is that this is the perfect opportunity for families, bilingual families, to come out and see a show together,” director Rigo Tejeda said about Disney’s “Aladdin Dual Language Edition” at the Boyle Heights venue.Presented by Casa 0101 Theater and Tejeda’s company Teatro Nuevos Horizontes, the family-friendly musical opens Friday and runs through Feb. Casa 0101 Theater is starting the new year with a Disney classic and a bilingual twist. 19.

The trouble in Agrabah starts when Jafar, the Sultan’s evil Grand Vizier, finds the genie’s magic lamp. “What I really want people to take away is an experience,” Tejeda said. “I want people to have that experience of being a child once again and have fun and let themselves go and laugh out loud.”With a cast of 24 actors, the musical tells the familiar Disney story of a genie and the princess who falls for a commoner boy in the fictional Middle Eastern city of Agrabah.In this version, however, thanks to an evil plan by a power hungry villain, the people are divided by a language barrier.

Aladdin BILINGUAL Edition
“The play takes place in Agrabah, a place that draws many parallels to our country and drives the message home that every member of society contributes to the vitality of its future.” “Given the political climate in Washington, D.C., Disney’s ‘Aladdin Dual Language Edition’ is timely,” Cedillo said in a written statement. The play is presented in association with the office of 1st District Los Angeles Councilman Gilbert Cedillo, who sees some similarities between the fictional story and today’s political climate.