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The Carbon County School District No.2 school district drama club will be bringing the 2016-2017 school year to a close with performances of "Aladdin" at the Platte Valley Community Center in Saratoga.

Even though "Aladdin" is a story from "One Thousand and One Nights," a collection of folk tales from the Middle East and South Asia, viewers in the Valley will have just two nights-June 1-2 at 6 p.m.-to see this year's production.

The production is staffed by students in grades 7-12 from Saratoga Middle/High School, Encampment K-12 school and Hanna-Elk Mountain-Medicine Bow Junior/Senior High School.

Students not only are all of the actors in the production, but were also responsible for production, direction, design and scenery. Students also did plenty of costume design.

The director of the play is Gabby Clutter, a senior from Saratoga who just graduated. The post-school year play is a final farewell to the school and CCSD No.2.

Aladdin was not part of the original Arabic text of "One Thousand and One Nights," Instead being added to the work in a French translation in the 18th century by Antoine Galland who said he heard the story from a storyteller from the Levant.

In Galland's version, and most other Western translations, the story takes place in China, or perhaps Central Asia.

CCSD Drama students though, opted for the more traditional Western re-telling which places the story in the Middle East, as evidenced by the scenery employed by the producers.

The play will be performed 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday nights at the PVCC theater. Admission is free.


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