This spring, something evil is amiss at Hope Elementary School in Carlsbad. Principal Richard Tubbs will be starring as the evil vizier Jafar alongside his students in their school’s production of Disney’s Aladdin. Mr. Tubbs was thrilled about the opportunity to participate in his school’s spring show. He has a long history in theatre, both onstage and behind the scenes, playing an integral role in the development of the LifeHouse Theatre in Redlands. He has experience directing, choreographing, acting, set construction and lighting design. He also played Jafar in 2005 when he was the Assistant Principal at Valley Middle School, and was excited to reprise the villainous role at Hope Elementary.

Mr. Tubbs couldn’t wait to share the stage with his own students. “I wanted to participate because , not only are these my kids, it’s my favorite Disney movie ever,” stated Tubbs. He also liked the idea of getting to play the evil villain. He knew his students would get a kick out of “defeating” him at the end of the play. “I have
students walking by me on campus saying, ‘Jafar, we’re gonna get you!’”. He joked, “I just hope it’s not type casting.”

The show is being put on by Character Kids, a children’s theatre company that provides after school theatre education throughout North County San Diego. The cast,
which is made up of students from 1st to 5th grade, has been studying acting, singing and musical theatre dance after school in Character Kids classes throughout the year. Each spring, the students get to use those skills in a full production with props, sets and costumes .If you’re interested in attending the show, or if you’d like more information abou tCharacter Kids’ after school theatre program visit