Jacob Spier appears dazzled as he watches Kyle Benson, who plays Aladdin, soar on his magic carpet.


Beware of flying magic carpets and evil sorcerers at Friday's production of "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp," presented by St. Gregory College Preparatory Middle School.

Aladdin will soar over the heads of theater-goers on his magic carpet, and Sorcerer will zip through the air, thanks to special effects designed by St. Gregory drama teacher Lorie Heald and Paul Weir of Flam Chen.

Kyle Benson, 14, plays the role of Aladdin. Secured in a harness and on a zip line, Benson will entertain the audience on his magic carpet.

"It's a fun part to play, and I feel like I'm flying," he said.

Said Heald, "It looks like magic."

Maxim Quint, 14, who plays Sorcerer, also soars over the audience on the zip line. A fabulous wicked laugh helped Quint win the role.

"I get to be evil and overly dramatic," Quint said. "I get to yell a lot, which I don't get to do much."

About 50 drama and dance students are involved in the show.

"I love the visual aspects of the production," said Heald, who has been dreaming about the special effects possibilities for a year.

Among her favorite scenes is a grand procession after Aladdin is turned into a prince, with flamingos, dancing elephants and a dragon. All sets, props and masks were designed and created by students.

Bradley Feig, 14, said he enjoys the physical comedy involved.

"We interact with the audience a lot," he said.

St. Gregory is an independent school for students in grades six through 12, with no religious affiliation.

If you go

• What: "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp," presented by St. Gregory Middle School.

• Where: St. Gregory College Preparatory School's Donald R. Nickerson Performing Arts Center, 3231 N. Craycroft Road.

• When: 7 p.m. Friday.

• Price: $5 for adults; free for students and children.

• Info: Call 327-6395.