From Broadway to Broad Street: 'Aladdin' performers motivate kids to get active

A whole new (healthy) world

Justin Udo
June 26, 2018 - 2:57 pm
some of the touring company's actors from "Aladdin" stepped off stage to lead a special health and wellness workshop at the Christian Street YMCA for young fans.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Stars from a Broadway box office smash hit are using their show to encourage kids to get up and go.

For the next week, the popular musical "Aladdin" will continue to bring some Disney magic to the Academy of Music for nightly performances.

On Tuesday, some of the touring company's actors stepped off stage to lead a special health and wellness workshop at the Christian Street YMCA, along with some of their smallest fans.

"They get to pick their own character and then learn choreography from the show," said Karlee Ferreira, one of the cast members.

She said they try to teach the kids fun new ways to get active and healthy while also building their self-esteem.

"It's so wonderful. I have a love for teaching, especially to show the kids that you can be whatever you want to be even if it's a dancer, a performer," she added. "That is a possibility."

"It's to promote healthy living and to try something new, and it's inspired by the Tony award-winning choreography and music of our amazing show," added Lissa deGuzman, who can be seen in the ensemble or as an understudy for Princess Jasmine. "It's good to expose [the kids] to different things, to find out what they like to do, to lead that healthy life."

The kids taking part in the event said the workshop was like exploring a whole new world. 

"It was very fun, and I love it," enthused one young participant. "We get to dance and have fun doing it."