BY COLIN WAKEFIELD.
AND LYRICS BY KATE EDGAR
ALADDIN is traditional to the tips of its turned-up toes and has the
generation on the edge of its seats screaming with delight. Shining
Colin Wakefield's script and Kate Edgar's direction is an intelligence
that has considered the child's-eye view. There is constant interaction
across the footlights, and an ample smattering of well-managed and
contributed audience participation. It is rare that any production
deserves the title "a show for all the family". But this one does."
(4F, 6M or 5F, 5M + Chorus)
OF THE RING
Foil to Abanazar.
son. Principal boy.
FOO WIFF PONG
Emperor's officer. (Double act)
OF THE LAMP
of children and/or young adults as CITIZENS, LAUNDRY ATTENDANTS,
CHINESE BOGWOPPITS and SLAVES.
NOTE: This pantomime was written for a cast of ten principals and
small chorus, but will also suit a larger company. Most of the
doubled in the Opening Chorus (as merchants and citizens). With a
larger company, a separate Chorus, of whatever size, can be used for
Opening, as well as for fleshing out a number of other scenes (e.g. The
Laundry, the Chase, the Bogwoppit Ballet, the Transformation of the
the Celebration Number, and the Finale). Most of the characters are
The Slave of the Lamp, however, should ideally be played by an actor
strong physical skills: an athlete, a gymnast or (maybe) a karate
The idea is that the magic should be in his/her physicality.
FRONTCLOTHS (One would suffice) :
A STREET IN PEKING.
- THE PALACE GARDENS
- WIDOW TWANKEY'S LAUNDRY
- THE MAGIC CAVE (including
is an optional U.V scene (Aladdin's journey to Araby on his Magic
which was not used in the original production.
designs and staging can be as lavish or as simple as resources allow.
Numbers. The original songs and music are scored for two keyboards and
percussion, but can be tailored to suit resources.
was first performed at Salisbury Playhouse on 11th December 1993,
was revived in a new production in 1998.
ALADDIN proves that pantomime can be great theatre still."
and music for ALADDIN are published by JOSEF WEINBERGER PLAYS (020 7580
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