Teens take the stage at Fresno's Roosevelt High

FRESNO, Calif.

Brought to life on stage -- a very comical genie.

"Genie was the best, she was so funny!"

There's also an evil sorcerer and a magic carpet ride.

Cady Mejias: "I knew there was going to be a carpet, but I didn't expect actual flying."

Performing arts students at Roosevelt High are putting on their version of Aladdin Jr. Main characters say crews worked for four months sharpening their skills and overcoming obstacles.

Mitchell Hau: "I had to learn to sing in the process, it was crazy."

Cady Mejias: "Since I was a baby I've had a severe case of stage fright."

After more than three years, Cady Mejias and Mitchell Han are polished performers. Like students who excel in academics or athletics, these actors are seen as leaders on campus, balancing studies with late night rehearsals.

Mitchell Hau: "We have to be on it. We have to get everything done."

One elementary student in the crowd says he wants to be Aladdin when he grows up.

Patrick Tromborg: "I think they're looked up to more because they work so hard and dedicate themselves so strongly to what they do."

Behind the scenes you can see all the hard work students put into building this elaborate set. There are over 70 of them performing jobs that will take them into the real world.

Patrick Tromborg: "We have art kids that made the set, we have costume, fashion design kids in that element. Obviously there's dancing, music singing."

Advice from a prince and princess to their fellow students -- to succeed get involved in something you love.

Performances for the general public start Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

The school is located at Tulare and Cedar. Tickets cost $5.00 for children, students and seniors, and 10:00 for adults.

MORE INFORMATION:

Fri: 1/21 - 7:30 p.m.
Sat: 1/21 - 7:30 p.m.
Sun: 1/22 - 2:00 p.m.
Fri: 1/28 7:30 p.m.
Sat: 1/29 2:00 p.m.
Sun: 1/30 2:00 p.m.

$5 Children, Students, Seniors
$10 Adults

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