Sturgis Youth Theatre Offers 'Aladdin,' a Summer Production for Youth

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sturgis Youth Theatre, a program of the University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre, is offering a production of "Aladdin." Fifty student actors and staff are part of this classic story about a boy, a princess, a lamp and the Genie who makes them all live happily ever after. "Aladdin" plays July 21-24 in the Bertha Martin Theatre, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at UNI. 

Students in fourth grade and higher are participating in a four-week theatre camp that will culminate in six public performances of "Aladdin."

Per­formances will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23; 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 22; and 2 p.m., Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381 or online at

The production is directed by Gretta Berghammer, Sturgis Youth Theatre artistic director and professor and head of drama and theatre for youth at UNI. The production features scenic and lighting designs by Mark A. Parrott.  UNI theatre major Bailey Otto serves as costume designer.  UNI theatre major and Sturgis Youth Theatre alum Matthew Vichlach of Cedar Falls is the stage manager.

Sturgis Youth Theatre was founded in 1999 by Berghammer, as part of the UNI Department of Theatre’s Theatre for Youth program.  Its mission is to provide quality productions, meaningful production experiences and varied theatre study opportunities for youth in Cedar Falls and the surrounding communities.

For more information, contact Berghammer, at (319) 273-2149 or (319) 231-1700, or by email at