Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (Neary)

by  Jack Neary

Short Play, Comedy  /  10boy(s) or girl(s)

The king of an ancient land commands the town storyteller to mesmerize him with a story. If she fails in her attempt, she faces banishment! With this weighty task before her, Scheherazade transforms each of the townspeople into actors and recruits them into acting out the story of Aladdin.

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Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (Neary)

by  Jack Neary

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

The King is in a very, very bad mood. Not even his Jester can rescue him from his gloominess, and his funnybone is decidedly broken. It's up to the Courtesan Scheherezade to do what she does best--tell an exciting story which will entertain the King, and save her and the rest of his subjects from his wrath. Her story of Aladdin is spell-binding, exciting, and extremely funny. Will the King think so? We can only hope!

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable, Medieval (6th-14th c.)
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting:

    The generic palace of a generic King. (That is, a King who would have, in his employ, a "Grand Vizier!")

  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

10boy(s) or girl(s)

THE KING
SCHEHERAZADE
THE MUSICIAN - who plays Aladdin
THE COOK  - who plays Aladdin's Mother
THE JESTER - who plays The Magician
THE PORTER - who plays The Genie
THE CHANCELLOR - who plays The Grand Vizier
THE ACCOUNTANT - who plays The Grand Vizier's Son
THE DANCER - who plays The Princess
THE GENERAL - who plays The Sultan
FIRST MERCHANT
SECOND MERCHANT
TOWNSPEOPLE

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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

While classified as "non-gender, youth," there are some roles which would benefit from gender-specific consideration.

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Authors

Jack Neary

Jack Neary's plays have been produced all over the United States, in Canada, and in Europe. He is the author of Samuel French plays First Night and Sandbag, Stage Left (as John Anthony), as well as adaptations of The Fall of the House of Usher, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, and The Little Match Girl. His Jerry Finne ...

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This adaptation of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp was first produced by the Summer Theatre At Mount Holyoke College.

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