Aladdin and the Magic Carpet
World Premiere: Midland Festival Ballet
April 16, 2022
Choreography and Concept: Jill Eathorne Bahr
Music compiled, edited, and arranged: Ramona Pansegrau
Lighting Design: Jared Sayed
Flying by Foy
Creative Video Projection Design: Justin Locke
Costumes: Judanna Lynn
Mask Design: Patricia Cantwell
On the streets of Agrabah, a young street urchin named Aladdin is struggling to steal a loaf of bread, along with his pet monkey, Abu. After outwitting some of the merchants, the two settle down to eat their spoils, but ends up giving it away to a couple of hungry kids struggling to find any food. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine, who is forced to be married by her father, The Sultan of the Kingdom.
In her act of giving an apple to a hungry little child and her in trouble with the street merchant she took if from, not realizing she would've to pay for it. Luckily, Aladdin interferes and cons the merchant into believing he got his apple back. When the fruit merchant realizes the con, a chase ensues. The Evil Sorcerer Jafar watches from the sideline witnessing their immediate connection
Jafar and The Fruit vendor merchant chase and finally accuse Aladdin of his theft and exile him into the desert. Jafar saves him by sending him to fetch a lamp from the Cave of Wonders. On their travels Al Tifl, the camel, Abu, and Aladdin become exhausted tired and thirsty, he falls asleep and dreams of the beautiful Princess Jasmine.
Aladdin is allowed to enter, but with the cave warning him not to touch anything but the lamp. Aladdin and Abu venture deep into the cavern which is filled with many treasures of gold, jewelries, gems, and all kind of luxuries, where they first encounter a sentient magic carpet that leads them to the lamp's location. Aladdin can retrieve the lamp, Deep within the cave, Aladdin begins to examine the lamp, finding a worn inscription on the side of it. Rubbing it, the lamp then produces a large blue genie. The genie tells Aladdin that for rubbing the lamp, he is entitled to three wishes (and that wishing for more wishes is also not an option) but warns that they come with the following exceptions: 1) He cannot kill anyone. 2) He cannot make anyone fall in love with someone else. 3) He cannot bring people back from the dead. This fun-loving genie who only wishes to have his freedom Aladdin's luck suddenly changes when he retrieves a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders.
Little do they know is that the Sultan's sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp..