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In their staging of Aladdin, Winnipeg’s Merlyn Productions tells the original story of a boy who finds a magic lamp and marries a princess. It’s a very different tale from the better-known Disney version, but one very much worth telling.
The 60-minute performance offers everything you’d expect from a children’s show including audience interaction, lots of comedy, and some light-hearted action from the six-person cast. The quality of the acting ran hot and cold, with some dialogue being delivered monotonously. You’d expect more energy from a show meant specifically for younger audiences.
One odd choice is to set up a play within a play, creating a whole new set of characters throughout the first 15 minutes before confusingly never bringing them up again. Why this time was not spent on the actual Aladdin story was questionable, since there’s no lack of source material there to work with.
From the Fringe program:
Join the exciting adventures of ALADDIN in this unique and engaging adaptation of the classic tale! Filled with humour and AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION, every young play-goer helps Aladdin win the hand of the princess, defeat the evil magician and bring wealth to his family -- along with the famous magic lamp! A revival of a local Fantasy Theatre for Children favourite, from the producer of Puss in Boots (4 STARS 2018), Snow White, Brothers Grimm and many more!
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: Kid Friendly
211 Bannatyne Ave.
Seating Capacity: 120
Thu, Jul 18, 2019 – 1:30 PM
Fri, Jul 19, 2019 – 12:00 PM
Sat, Jul 20, 2019 – 1:45 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 1:45 PM
Mon, Jul 22, 2019 – 12:00 PM
Wed, Jul 24, 2019 – 1:45 PM
Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – 3:45 PM
Sun, Jul 28, 2019 – 3:30 PM
Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4:29 PM CDT: Adds review