Gavin Duffy plays Jafar in Disney's Aladdin Jr., the second show in the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.
Tickets for all three performances of Disney's Aladdin Jr. are sold out. A Pay What You Can preview will be Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Question: Why did you try out for Disney's Aladdin Jr.? Had you seen the movie before?
Gavin Duffy: My mom saw a post on Facebook the day of auditions. She asked me if I wanted to try out, and I said, "I'm already kind of busy, mom." But she started pulling out the music, and I thought, "Sure, why not. If I don't get a part, it's not going to hurt." I have seen the movie before, and I have it on VHS.
Question: What makes Jafar the villain?
G.D.: He's working against Aladdin. He wants to be the number one guy. In his quest for world domination, he's just mean.
Question: What will an audience love about this show?
G.D.: There's a lot of hidden comedy where people wouldn't expect it. Jafar doesn't have much of that, but there are mood swings he goes through.
Question: If you could trade roles with anyone, who would it be and why?
G.D.: I would trade with Aaron Walker, who plays the Genie. The role is very funny. If I had the ability to be that comic with the audience, I would have a hard time not laughing.
Question: Imagine you come across a pile of junk and on top is an old, beaten-up lamp. What do you do?
G.D.: I would probably look around, see if there are any booby traps – like Indiana Jones, I mean, you never know – and then rub it three times to see if it's magic.
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