Hampstead Stage, made up of Lina Schoenwiesner and Kenyai O’Neal, brought its interactive performances of “Aladdin” for all ages to the Albany-Springfield Branch of Livingston Parish Library on June 14.
All five library branches were treated to the play, based on the classic story from “The Tales of the Arabian Nights,” as part of the 2016 summer reading program.
The duo also taught the art of stage combat in two workshops for children ages 8 to 11. Youngsters learned no-contact, hand-to-hand strikes and falls used onstage with an emphasis on safety.
The performances and stage combat classes are supported by a grant from the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Additional funding came from the National Endowment for the Arts.