• Kimberly Billins as Nubian princess Aida leads her just-captured Nubian citizens in the rousing “The Gods Love Nubia,” in the Plaza Theatre Company’s production of “Aida,” playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday through June 15 at the Plaza Theater at Dudley Hall in Cleburne. COURTESY PHOTO/HANNAH MIDKIFF
  • Kimberly Billins is Nubian princess Aida and Jacob Catalano is Egyptian army captain Radames in the Plaza Theatre Company’s production of “Aida,” playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday through June 15 at the Plaza Theater at Dudley Hall in Cleburne. COURTESY PHOTO/HANNAH MIDKIFF

Good voices, timeless plot tells story of ‘Aida’

The thing about presenting a Disney musical in community theater is you don’t need the grandeur of elaborate sets if you have actors who can sing. That’s the key to Plaza Theatre Company’s current production of “Aida.” These people can really sing. And those who don’t sing can dance.

The excellent voices serve another purpose, too. They relax the audience, who can sit back and enjoy without that uncomfortable edge of embarrassed empathy for a singer who is just a tad off key, not throaty enough when needed, or can’t hit that one high note.

“Aida” is the story of Egyptian army captain Radames, who for nine years has been betrothed to Amneris. However, while raiding the country of Nubia, he captures Aida, who is really a princess, and brings her back to be a slave.

Credit director JaceSon P. Barrus for balancing the scenes of comedy with those of tragedy and heartbreak, all while playing the role of Zoser, the villain, whose song “Like Father Like Son” is a crowd-pleaser.

Tickets — $25 for adults, $23 for age 65 and older and high school and college students, and $15 for youth age 13 and under — can be purchased online at www.plaza-theatre.com, or at the box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, or by phone at 817-202-0600.

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