'Aladdin' brings joy to all ages
Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 13, 2013 22:10
The Enchantment Theatre Company brought several different classic fairytales to life in Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts this afternoon through illusions and puppetry in their performance of “Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales.”
The show, appropriate for children of all ages, was filled with families.
The lights dimmed and the performance began with a single actress sitting in the center of the stage wearing long taffeta robes of purple and turquoise, as well as a mask which hid her entire face.
In fact, all of the characters wore masks throughout the entirety of the play and the only dialogue was a female narrator who would interject frequently.
The stage was small in size and mostly empty so that the actors could move about, using scarves, various props and dance to add emphasis to their characters.
The story followed a young girl named Scheherazade whose brother had been taken by the Sultan of the land and sentenced to death for a crime he had committed. In a desperate attempt to save her brother, Scheherazade began to distract the Sultan by telling him stories.
The first story she told was that of Sinbad. The lack of dialogue made following the storyline difficult.
The next story Scheherazade told the Sultan was that of Aladdin.
This portion was easier to follow for it stuck with the original plot line of the classic tale: An evil sorcerer tricks a poor thief into venturing into a dark cave to retrieve a magic lamp that contains a magical wish granting genie.
The puppetry was impressive in this scene. For example, the genie was portrayed by a nearly 10 foot tall blue puppet being controlled by the shortest member of the cast.
At this point, the Sultan told Scheherazade that he would release her brother only if she agreed to marry him. When she refused, the Sultan grew angry and left.
At night, she crept into the sultan’s chambers and threatened to kill him, but instead told one last story.
After hearing this story, the Sultan agreed to let Scheherazade’s brother go and the play ended.
The 6 actors came out, to applause from the audience and then held a question and answer session.
All of the children in the room began to eagerly raise their hands hoping to be called on. Most asked questions about the puppets and the masks.