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The Genie of the LampALADDIN

Adaptation and lyrics by Jim Eiler;
Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy


Synopsis

Set in ancient China, this children's musical from the Prince Street Players uses artful Chinese theatre techniques to sing that favourite tale of the poor boy, the beautiful Princess and that very large genie in that very tiny lamp.

Story

ACT ONE
The Stage Manager enters. Striking a gong, he introduces the production-a fable from the book "Arabian Nights." Produced in the style of Chinese Theatre, this "Aladdin" takes place in Ancient China. With the aid of two assistants, the Stage Manager will tell the story, change scenery, and even play a few parts! The tale begins…

In the great capital city of China, Aladdin lived with his father, a poor tailor. Aladdin had come of age and his father wished for him to learn the family trade. Aladdin did not share his father's wishes nor did he heed to his authority. Due to grief over his son's independence and disobedience, Aladdin's father became very sick and subsequently passed. In spite of the loss, Aladdin only wanted to continue his own pursuits and fly his kite. With no one to take over, Aladdin's mother has had to sell the family tailor shop.

While out flying his kite one day, the wind carries it over the wall guarding the gardens of the palace. Not wanting to part with his companion, Aladdin finds a break in the great wall and climbs in to retrieve his kite. At the same time, Princess Mei-Ling and her attendant enter the garden. Neither expecting to have an encounter, they are both very startled. Aladdin quickly explains why he is there, but Mei-Ling informs him that her father has palace trespassers beheaded! Still, Mei-Ling is taken by Aladdin's bravery and reveals she never gets to speak to anyone. Sensing her sadness, Aladdin volunteers to stay and talk.

Just as Aladdin and Mei-Ling begin a conversation about the lovely morning, the Emperor enters. Aladdin bolts behind a tree. When her father questions who she was speaking to, Mei-Ling says only herself. She attempts to cover by saying she was pretending that a handsome suitor had asked for her hand in marriage. Hearing this, the Emperor decides it is time for his princess to marry! As he exits, he informs her he will find the richest suitor in China to bring them the most precious gifts.

Aladdin returns to find a very sad Mei-Ling. She does not wish to marry any of these wealthy men-they are all old and unattractive. Aladdin asks the princess if she would marry him if he were rich and could provide her expensive gifts. When she says yes, he explains that he is poor and can only offer his precious kite. When Mei-Ling asks if she can keep it, Aladdin agrees and exits.

Sure that Mei-Ling will never see a poor man like himself again, Aladdin decides to give up his idle ways and pursue becoming the richest man in China. As Aladdin finds himself financially stooped, a magician from the far away land of Arabia enters. The magician is secretly on a mission to capture the power of the universe. He must find a boy to use in his plan, so the magician finds out Aladdin's name from the Stage Manager.
Pretending to be Aladdin's uncle, the magician fools Aladdin that he has come to visit his brother and only just now found out he is dead. Aladdin brings his faux uncle to meet his mother and see his brother's home. Bitterly, his mother explains to her "brother-in-law" that Aladdin does nothing to provide for the family in his father’s absence. Aladdin then tells them both that on this very day he has decided to become the richest man in China! Happy to hear his youthful eagerness, the magician tells Aladdin that he will take him on a short journey the next day and promises that he will return a rich man!

The next day, Aladdin and his "uncle" journey far from the city. Walking through gardens, over bridges, and up a very tall mountain, Aladdin finds himself in front of a rock, beyond which lies a cave filled with enchanted treasure. The magician informs Aladdin that this cave is forbidden and the spirits would not find him worthy, but nonetheless, Aladdin must follow directions and journey into the cave if he wants to become rich. For once in his life, Aladdin does as he is told!

Aladdin is warned not to touch any of the treasure until he reaches the end of the cave and claims the lamp that hangs there. Once he has retrieved the lamp, he may help himself to any of the treasure, for it is all his. Aladdin quickly retrieves the lamp and then fills both his hands with all the treasure he can hold! When he returns to the exit, Aladdin reaches out to his "uncle" to help him. Selfishly, the magician insists he give him the lamp first, but with his hands full of treasure, Aladdin says he cannot reach it. Thinking that he is being tricked, the angered magician casts a spell that seals Aladdin inside the cave. The manipulative magician did not get his lamp, but he is apathetic because he is the only one who knows of its powers. He is careless of the fact that Aladdin will starve and die in the cave.

The stunned Aladdin sits in captivity and wonders why his "uncle" wanted the lamp so bad. Aladdin begins to look at the treasure he selfishly gathered and rubs the tarnished lamp to remove years of dust. Suddenly, a genie appears! Grateful that Aladdin has freed him after being trapped in a lamp for a thousand years, the Genie informs Aladdin that his wish is the Genie's command. Aladdin realizes that he now has all the riches he needs to marry Mei-Ling, but lacks a gift for the Emperor. With no problem, the Genie presents Aladdin with Fatima the dancing doll. Thrilled, Aladdin now asks the Genie to free him from the cave and take him home. With a flourish of magic, the Genie escorts Aladdin and Fatima home.

ACT TWO

Aladdin returns home and showers his mother with riches. He tells her all about what happened. Although she cannot see the Genie-and does not know what to make of everything-she is very proud of Aladdin. Together, Aladdin and his mother head to the palace where he will ask for the Princess' hand in marriage. In order to do so, Aladdin first shows the Emperor proof of his great wealth. Upon doing so and presenting Fatima, the Emperor is thrilled and insists that the marriage ceremony begin at once.

Aladdin asks the Genie to build a palace for him and his bride. The Genie does as he is commanded and Aladdin presents the palace to the Princess. The Emperor gives Mei-Ling to her new husband and warns him that he must guard her. If anything should happen to her, it would mean Aladdin's life. The Genie also warns that Aladdin should never lose the lamp. Aladdin has arranged for his mother to live with them and be his wife's guardian. Many moons go by and they all live in the new palace very happily.

The magician now has a plan. One day while Aladdin goes on a hunting trip, the magician comes to the palace with shiny new lamps. Because Aladdin's mother had never seen the Genie and is not sure he exists, she partakes in his offer to exchange a new lamp for the old one. Immediately the magician summons the Genie. He orders that the palace must vanish and that the Princess and Aladdin's mother be taken to the cave.
As ordered, the Genie takes the three to cave and wipes away the palace he created. Aladdin returns from his hunting trip and is arrested and brought before the Emperor. The Emperor wishes to kill Aladdin for the mysterious disappearances, but Aladdin pleads with him and insists that he knows what happened. The Emperor gives him until sundown to find them or else he will be beheaded. Aladdin cannot figure out what to do, but then Fatima comes to him and gives him a ring, claiming that the ring contains a Genie, too. Aladdin summons this Genie-the twin brother of the Genie of the Lamp-and asks this genie to take him to the prisoners at once.

Just as the magician is returning, Aladdin finds the two women. Aladdin bids his Genie to destroy the magician. The Genie explains that as long as the magician has possession of the lamp he cannot destroy him-Aladdin must do it. Because the ring has a poison in it, he should have Mei-Ling make a drink for the Magician and drop the ring in it. When the magician drinks it, he will die. She tries to do as she is told but the magician knows what she is up to. He tries to make her drink the poisoned tea and she screams for Aladdin. He rushes in, knocks over the magician and steals the lamp handing it to Mei-Ling. She beckons the Genie and wishes that he save Aladdin. The Genie does as he is told and they are all free.

Aladdin now has his mother, Mei-Ling, his treasure, the lamp, and the ring. There is no threat left from the magician so Aladdin has the genie set himself free and sent back to Arabia. They all return home and live happily ever after.

Musical Numbers

  1. Flying My Kite - Aladdin and Street Urchins
  2. Lovely Morning In China - Mei Ling, Aladdin, Stage Manager and 1st Assistant
  3. A Great Magician Am I - Magician
  4. Aladdin - Mother
  5. Allah Be Praised - Magician
  6. Enchanted Cave Scene - Female Voices
  7. I'm Free - Genie and Assistants
  8. I Am A Genie - Genie, Aladdin, Offstage Voices
  9. Up, Up High - Genie, Aladdin, Fatima, Clouds, Stage Manager, Offstage Voices
  10. Wedding Procession - All
  11. Genie Builds A Palace - Genie, Offstage Voices
  12. Lovely Evening In China - All
  13. Tea Time - Mei Ling, Aladdin
  14. New Lamps For Old - Magician
  15. Fatima Theme - Fatima
  16. Up, Up High (Finale) - All

Cast: 4 male, 3 female, chorus

Instrumentation:

Piano

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