March 2006 Goldsboro Ballet Premiere of Aladdin Ballet entered the Goldsboro Ballet repertoire. The production was set to the composition by Carl Davis, Directed and created by Mary Franklin and Peggy Wingate. The story of Aladdin and his magical lamp originated as a tale that appeared in the epic 'One Thousand and One Nights or Arabian Nights'. This collection of stories was a compilation of tales brought together from countries in the east such as China, India, Egypt, Iraq and Iran. It is such a joy to watch audiences embrace this new iteration of a beloved tale and to have such a unique experience while watching this enchanted story come to life! Join Goldsboro Ballet dancers for a magical carpet ride full of romance, comedy, and adventure as they revive the beloved Ballet. Follow a poor youth and an entire cast of colorful and magical characters as Aladdin strives to win the love of his beautiful princess and spoil the plans of the wicked magician. Aladdin is a work that has such broad popular appeal. It's an effective entry-point ballet for both boys and girls.
A market in old Arabia
Aladdin appears among the merchants, fakirs and vendors. Ever in trouble, the Palace guards pursue him, and eventually he is caught. A Mahgrib, a magician from the East, has been watching the boy and steps forward to rescue him. He diverts the guards, and with a combination of flattery, promises and hypnosis persuades him to perform a task for the mystic. Aladdin, seeing easy riches within his grasp, agrees.
Journey to the desert
The Mahgrib conjures up a sirocco wind that carries them out of the city and to a deserted place. He shows Aladdin an iron ring set into a door in a rock, and urges him to open it. The Mahgrib then tells Aladdin to descend into the cave below, and fetch out an old lamp that he, the Mahgrib, has lost there. Aladdin, growing uncertain and fearful, declines, and is chastised for his cowardice. Indignant, he moves to leave but Mahgrib stops him by summoning a vision of the most exquisite beauty Aladdin has ever seen, and telling him that with the riches he will discover in the cave, he can make her his!
The cave of riches
Aladdin descends into the cave. As his eyes grow accustomed to the dark he becomes aware of glimmers and flashes of light and upon investigation is delighted to find the cave carpeted, festooned and hung with jewels: Onyx and Pearls, Gold and Silver, Sapphires, Rubies, Emeralds and Diamonds! In a delirious ecstasy he fills his pockets but then remembers his task and finding the only lamp in the cave, a rather poor and begrimed object, he makes his way back to the entrance and calls for the Mahgrib to help him out. The Mahgrib demands Aladdin pass him the lamp first, and when Aladdin refuses, he slams the door to the cave in fury. Aladdin searches desperately for a way out, but to no avail. For three days and three nights he sits in the darkness cursing his fate until he suddenly remembers the lamp. Perhaps he can light it?
Aladdin’s mother is worried sick by her son’s absence. Aladdin appears as if by magic and begins to relate all his recent adventures, though his mother has now recovered from her relief and joy, and scowls disbelievingly at him. At least this old lamp may fetch a few coppers if I clean it up, she thinks. The Djinn appears, and with him all the wealth of the cave.
On the way to the bathhouse
Fanfares are heard from the market place as the Emperor’s daughter, Princess Badr al-Budur, 'Full moon of full moons', is carried in a litter to the Imperial bathhouse. The crowds fall to their knees and cover their eyes as it is forbidden to gaze upon the Princess. Only Aladdin dares to peek through his fingers and, seeing the Beauty from the Mahgrib’s vision, falls instantly in love with her.
The Princess Badr al-Budur, unaware that Aladdin has scaled the walls of the bathhouse and is watching her, is bathed and perfumed by her attendants. Left alone, the Princess is ruminating sadly on the Emperor’s inability to find her a suitable consort when she espies Aladdin. Knowing that capture would mean his death, but entranced by the Princess, the boy jumps down from his vantage point and approaches her. Aladdin and his bravado fascinate the Princess but the entrance of the palace guards interrupts their innocent attraction. To the dismay of the Princess, Aladdin is seized and dragged away.
The royal court
Aladdin is brought in chains before the Emperor, the Grand Vizier and the Court, for the crime of spying on the Princess. Despite a plea for clemency from Badr al-Budur herself, the boy is quickly found guilty and sentenced to die. A small voice of protest is then heard from the gallery and Aladdin’s mother steps forward begging for mercy for her wayward son. The court laughs at the old woman’s petition but do not notice her slipping the marvellous lamp to Aladdin who summons the Djinn. In a blaze of light and colour the Slave of the Lamp appears and causes momentary chaos. Calm ensues and the handsomely attired young man standing, un-manacled, before him, now naturally impresses the Emperor. The dozens of slaves he commands, who bear jewels and other precious stuffs, offer their fabulous riches as proof of their master’s worthiness to ask for the hand of the Princess Badr al-Budur. For her part the Princess is only too happy to be enjoined to the increasingly fascinating, and surprising, Aladdin. A solemn wedding takes place and a Lion Dance is performed for the young couple, to bring them good fortune. Only the Emperor’s trusted adviser the Grand Vizier, who is really the wicked Mahgrib, does not join in the festivities. Having realised that Aladdin must have escaped the cave and now is the master of the lamp, he schemes how to gain control of the lamp himself.
A room in the palace
Aladdin and the Princess are playing chess when they are interrupted by the passage of the Royal hunt. Aladdin excitedly goes to join them but the Princess begs him to stay. Aladdin feigns sadness and she releases him. Later, from her window, the Princess hears an old beggar offering ‘New lamps for old’ and remembers an ancient tarnished lamp of her husband’s. Thinking only of his pleasure at discovering that she has exchanged it for a shiny new one, she gives the lamp to the beggar who throws off his disguise and reveals himself to be the wicked Mahgrib. Now at last he has control of the Slave of the Lamp, and his first command is that the Djinn carries him and the Princess to the land of his birth, Morocco.
A palace in Morocco
The all-powerful Mahgrib tells the imprisoned Badr al-Budur to prepare herself to accept him as her new lord and master. Left alone, the Princess fears she will never see Aladdin or freedom from the Mahgrib’s harem again. In despair she is close to ending her life when Aladdin appears at the window of her prison with a plan for her rescue. He gives her a powerful drug and urges her to trick the Mahgrib into drinking it, then conceals himself inside a cedar chest. The Mahgrib returns and is surprised to find the Princess so quickly resigned to his advances. She dances for him then feigns thirst at her exertions, whereupon the wicked sorcerer produces some liquor. When the concealed Aladdin momentarily distracts the Mahgrib, the Princess pours the drug into his drink and they both slake their thirsts. Instantly aware that something is amiss, the Mahgrib reaches for the lamp but Aladdin springs from his hiding place and prevents him. A great struggle for possession of the lamp ensues but as the Mahgrib’s senses grow ever duller Aladdin gains the upper hand and defeats him.
The magic carpet ride
Aladdin and his Princess return home by way of a magic carpet, provided by the Djinn.
Amidst great rejoicing Aladdin and the Princess Badr al-Budur are reunited with their families. Aladdin, now rather wiser and more responsible, vows never to let his beloved Princess out of his sight, and in gratitude for his good fortune releases the lamp from the lamp.
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