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‘Aladdin’ set for this weekend

May 19, 2011
By ZACH KUKKONEN - Features Editor/DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - Magic carpets, elephants and a parade will take the stage of the Calumet Theatre this weekend as the Superior School of Dance will put on "Aladdin" at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.

"'Aladdin' has been on my backburner for years, even before I owned the school of dance," said Nicole Polakowski, who owns the school as well as produces and directs the show. "It's one of my favorites and I had the opportunity to see it on Broadway and I loved it.

"I always thought, why can't we do it? And this year, we have the energy, we have the dancers because it's a very complicated show to do."

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Dancers with the Superior School of Dance rehearse for “Aladdin” Tuesday night at the Calumet Theatre.

Polakowski needed a broad, sweeping program as the performances encompasses the 30 classes and 185 students involved in the Superior School of Dance.

"As far as dances, we have ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop of all ages starting at age 3 through adult," Polakowski said. "It shows the diversity and yet the unity that we have at the school of dance."

While most people may know the story of "Aladdin" from the popular Disney movie, the weekend's performances will include elements from various selections.

"In order to find enough pieces for all 30 classes, I have read 'Arabian Nights,' I have watched all three of the Disney Aladdin movies and I have also been to the Broadway production," Polakowski said. "I have taken bits and pieces of everything to throw in to make our own original Aladdin. It has the same storyline, but some of the things here you won't find in the movies."

Audience members can look forward to being whisked away to a different time and place, according to Polakowski.

"There's the magic of the carpet ride and the costuming is spectacular," she said. "There's a lot of magical things we haven't tried before at the Calumet Theatre, and we're going to try it this year."

For tickets, contact the Calumet Theatre Box Office at 337-2610 or check its web page at or at



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