We asked Khori Petinaud, long time ensemble member of Disney's Aladdin on Broadway, what it felt like to leave the show after more than three years in the cast.
"I started this journey in September of 2013 and on March 26, 2017, I did my final show with Aladdin on Broadway! It was a bittersweet day, as it was the culmination of such a wonderful time in my life and also signified the start of a new chapter."
"It's pretty hard to imagine not being around these incredible people everyday. I'd say that's definitely the thing that makes me the saddest to leave. I've made some of my best friends in this show, and while I know that our relationships will continue on, it will certainly be different when you don't see each other everyday."
"Another thing I'll miss about this show is the audience reactions after all our production numbers. There's nothing like it! This story and these songs are beloved by so many people and there is something so magical about being a part of that. And the little kiddos!!! Ahh! Seeing them dressed up in their little Aladdin and Jasmine costumes gets me every time! This show is utter joy, love and magic and I feel so honored to have been a part of it for the past three and a half years!"
"It's not all sad though! I'm definitely looking forward to the next chapter and what's to come. There's something really exhilarating about stepping into a new part of the journey and fully leaning in to anything being possible. I have some exciting things coming up and I'm really stoked about getting my evenings back for a little bit to spend some quality time with my husband! Our schedules have been completely opposite since I've been in the show so it's going to be really fun to go on more dates. He's been begging to take salsa classes so we'll probably do that! Haha!"
"I've been reflecting a lot over the past few days about my time at Aladdin and it's all been one big surprise! From booking this show as a non equity performer, to being flooded with firsts (a cast album, the Tonys, the White House, Vanity Fair, and so many other amazing things!) this has been the show that keeps on giving. That's probably been the most surprising thing about being in a show for so long. There was always something new! Whether it be a new company member joining the show, or a surprise trip to Walt Disney World, we were always being met with something new and exciting."
"One thing Aladdin isn't? Boring! and I'm going to miss it more than I can ever express. They say there's nothing like your first Broadway show and I consider myself the most blessed that mine got to be Aladdin!"