Alumni Theater Company brings authenticity to Disney's 'Descendants'
Alumni Theater Company, a company with a mission to create bold theatrical work that gives a fresh voice to the experience of young Black artists, is showing Disney's Descendants from July 28 through July 30 at the New Hazlett Theater. Bridgette Perdue, who’s soon to celebrate her first year as the company’s executive director, says she’s excited about the upcoming production.
“I’m really excited to hear how the audience responds to seeing kids engaged,” Perdue says. “I’m excited for kids, adults, and the community to come out and see this show and walk away with an impression, walk away feeling impacted.”
Disney's Descendants is about the children of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, Jafar, and the Evil Queen, who are tasked by their villainous parents to steal the Fairy Godmother’s wand. At the same time, the teenagers are given a chance at redemption to attend a hero boarding school.
Alumni Theater is rethinking this classic Disney tale to fit its mission, featuring an all-Black cast of middle and high school students. Perdue says it's exciting to use this adaptation to spread more awareness about her company's vision, asking, "How does a Black theater company just kind of get the word out a little bit more to the general public about what we've been doing in the city and have been doing for the past 15 years?"