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The main cast of Disney's Aladdin Jr. features a number of familiar faces to our KS Hawaiʻi ʻohana.

Alumni and current students featured in Hilo stage production of Disneyʻs Aladdin Jr.

May 14, 2019

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

Before the live action remake of Aladdin hits Hollywood screens, you can see the action live with Disney’s Aladdin Jr., produced by Center Stage Dance Alliance Hilo and recognize some familiar faces on stage.

The production features KS Hawaiʻi alumni Kuʻuhiapo Jeong (Aladdin), Jameson Sato (Genie), and Kaʻeo Cachola (Kassim), as well as current students, 6th grader Anna Braun (Iago) and junior Kiana Johnson-Chesebro (Babkak).

Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. is based on the 1992 Academy Award winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. The story you know and love has been given a magical and royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new Center Stage production of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for audiences, young and old alike.

Center Stage Dance Allianceʻs production features a cast of over 225 dancers, singers and actors—making it one of the largest musical theater events in Big Island history.

See the full cast and a story on the production on

Those familiar with KS Hawaiʻi Hōʻike performances will easily recognize Jeong, Sato and Cachola from their performances in Hāʻupu, Ka ʻIu o Hoku and Kū I Ka Mana. All three were members of the traveling cast that brought Hāʻupu to Scotland in August 2016. This summer, Johnson-Chesebro is part of a new cast who will bring the Battle of Kuamoʻo to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.   

Aladdin, Jr. will be performed at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 18, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday May 19, at 2 p.m.

Tickets start at $10 can be purchased at either at Center Stage Dance Alliance or Basically Books. For more information, call (808) 990-7163.

Aladdin Jr. will be on stage at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.

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