Story Theatre Reviews

Testimonial

Testimonial

Lynne Moorhouse, Principal at View Royal Elementary school, talks about the company and its work. Click the thumbnail to view the video testimonial.

Aladdin: The Secret Voyage review by Grace T (age 8)

Aladdin, The Secret Voyage is really amazing and it’s good for kids to see these shows. They are funny, very well told and they made me use my imagination a lot. I wouldn’t change anything about it and would see it again. [Read the full review.]

Aladdin: The Secret Voyage

This story is about a boy named Aladdin, his mother and his father. When Aladdin was young, his father left on a voyage to find an enchanted kingdom. His father was gone for many many years because he was enchanted by a witch. When Aladdin gets older, he meets a merchant at the bazaar who claims to know his father. The merchant told Aladdin all sorts of amazing lies to get his trust, because he wanted a magic lamp that was in a cave and he promised Aladdin more riches than the king. But once Aladdin got the lamp, the merchant left him trapped in the cave with a monster—but he didn’t notice the lamp had fallen out of his pocket. Aladdin picked up the lamp and shook it three times, and the room filled with deep blue smoke. From that smoke came a genie.

This is a different version of Aladdin than Disney. There are no songs, no Jasmine and Aladdin doesn’t have a monkey. But it is still a very good story because it has a good moral—don’t talk to strangers unless you’re lost, and always ask questions to see if they are lying. Aladdin asked the merchant what his father’s name was, and the merchant didn’t know it was Sinbad.

This was the first time I had seen this play by Story Theatre, and I liked it as much as Magic Soup Stone. Jeff played Aladdin and did some really good rhyming. He is very funny. Samantha played the genie, Aladdin’s mother and the witch, who was a little scary but not scary enough to frighten little kids. She is a very good actor, and was good playing the different parts. David played Aladdin’s father and the merchant. He has a very strong voice and everyone could hear him, even in the back. All the costumes were very fancy and really matched the surroundings, and it was neat that the blue smoke was done with fabric, and that the monster’s footsteps were done with a drum.

Aladdin, The Secret Voyage is really amazing and it’s good for kids to see these shows. They are funny, very well told and they made me use my imagination a lot. I wouldn’t change anything about it and would see it again.

—Grace T (age 8)

The Magic Stone Soup review by Brody Slater—Monday Magazine

Please do yourself some good and get out to see a show put on by The Story Theatre Company. I bust my gut for nearly the entire 55 minutes of this performance. The appeal is bred of two sources: writer/director Jim Leard’s insight into the hearts and minds of children and adults alike, and the absolute fervor in which the act is delivered. [Read the full review.]

The Magic Stone Soup

Please do yourself some good and get out to see a show put on by The Story Theatre Company. I bust my gut for nearly the entire 55 minutes of this performance. The appeal is bred of two sources: writer/director Jim Leard’s insight into the hearts and minds of children and adults alike, and the absolute fervor in which the act is delivered. The three actors blasted through situations rife with underlying humour, all the while conveying actual values to the audience. It is deftly written, and the interaction that occurs reminds oneself of the very nature of the Fringe: human excitement and exploration; being strong; finding humour so sweet amidst the craziness of the world; becoming like a child (if you aren’t already one); interaction and surprise. Starting off scripted and then letting the stories travel where they may via audience interaction, we were treated to tales on greed, conservation, trickery, a Chihuahua dog-sled team and Spider Man’s breakfast adventure with stewed liver and yoghurt. Who knows what you’ll see?!! Just make sure to get yourself, your kids, your uncles and your synchronized swim club out to a show by this local troupe (this one, or Aladdin’s Secret Voyage) because they are bursting with magic energy, and you will all be sure to come out of it so happy to be alive. The talent is astounding.

Brody Slater—Monday Magazine

More from our critics (you the audience) from over the years!

“Your play was great, awesome, fantastic. Please come back.” Students, Nukusp, B.C.

“I learned that you cannot go with strangers.” Student, Fraserwood School, Surrey, B.C.

“You related extremely well with the young children and passed on a tough message in a thought provoking, yet extremely entertaining way.”
Teacher, Queen of All Saints School, Coquitlam, B.C.

“My favorite part of the show was when the actors played the one word game.”
Div 6 Student, St Mary's School ON

“I liked the singing part, where you guys made the old songs into modern songs.”
Grade 7 Student, Squamish, BC

“Individually your are super-talented. As a group you are totally awesome and wonderfully entertaining. We want you to come back.”
Staff of St. Joseph School, Niagara Falls ON

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