Wednesday was a magical day at NCSY Camp Maor. All campers and staff boarded a bus to Manhattan to attend two workshops at Ripley Grier Studios. The first was with our own resident dancer instructor, Rhonda Malkin. She worked with the Maorlies on a new dance in honor of Ari Kahn. And then as a special treat, we learned an authentic dance routine from the Broadway musical “Aladdin” as taught by Paige Williams, an “Aladdin” ensemble member.
After all that dancing, we walked to the New Amsterdam Theatre to see “Aladdin”. (Where’s a magic carpet when you need one?) As we settled into our seats, we knew ”a whole new world awaited.”
Sure enough, it was a dazzling show. All of Maor gave our new friend Paige a huge cheer when she danced onto the stage! And we couldn’t stop laughing at the Genie’s antics.
After the show, we had an exclusive question and answer talk-back with the stars! We got to talk to the actors who played Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago and others. Arielle Jacobs (Jasmine) gave us a scoop that she hadn’t shared with anyone else yet: she has recorded a version of the song “Speechless” from the “Aladdin” live action motion picture. Coincidentally, we will be performing that song with an original dance at our finale.
Although we were sad to leave the theater, we had our pizza dinner in Teaneck, NJ to look forward to. And then, it was back to camp and to bed because tomorrow is the Festival of the Arts! Could Maor be any more fun?