Aladdin. This story could almost have been called A Tale of Two Genies – one that could be summoned via a lamp, the other by a ring. Yes, there was a poor lad called Aladdin who, under the instruction of an evil magician, found the lamp and used it to make himself rich; and then lost everything – all because he didn’t tell ‘his princess’ where his money had come from. But none of this would have happened .. without the genies – masters themselves not just in the way of magic but in the art of certain social skills – namely good manners and the importance of sharing one’s good fortune – particularly relevant at this time of year, with Christmas fast approaching.
The emboldened text indicates relevance to Christmas. Whilst this script was not written with Christmas in mind, it can be adapted to reinforce one very important lesson at this time of year, namely the gift of sharing.
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Cast of 15
Music 12 You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
(Enter Genie 2)
Genie 2: You called, master?
(Aladdin and his mother both jump in surprise)
Genie 2: Your wish is my command!
Aladdin: Really? Well, in that case .. (Pauses). Wait. I’ll make you a list!
(Aladdin marches Genie 2 off stage, with his mother following behind)
Narrator: So. Let us see how Aladdin sees fit to enjoy his new fortune.
Music 13 Money Money Money – Abba
(Enter Aladdin in rich clothing, arm in arm with the Princess, followed by the Sultan and Aladdin’s mother, with a weary Genie 2 bringing up the rear)
Narrator: Well, well, well! That didn’t take him long! Fine clothing, a fine wife (pauses, then points) not to mention a very fine palace over there!
Sultan: (Happily) Hasn’t my princess done well! And just when I was about to give up on her ever finding a husband!
Narrator: (Aside) Strikes me, it’s Aladdin who’s done well (pauses) and all credit to
Genie 2: (Yawning) Me! When I said ‘Your wish is my command’ I hadn’t reckoned on (pauses) well, I lost count of the number of things he commanded.
Genie 2: Oh yes! Not one single please or thank you! (Sighing) That’s the youth of today for you!
Narrator: What a bad example – for today’s youth, I mean. I am surprised. You’d have thought
Genie 2: (Interrupting) Yes, I know. Coming from such poverty and all.