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Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp

March 3, 2015
Jamie Davis Smith
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, MD 20812
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The tale of Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp is told through beautiful puppetry that truly creates a magical experience for children and grown-ups alike.
 
Aladdin (pronounced throughout with the original Persian pronunciation) is a poor boy living with his widowed mother.  With barely enough money for food they are just getting by when a mysterious stranger appears calming to be Aladdin’s Uncle.  The truth is that the stranger is not Aladdin’s Uncle at all, but sought out Aladdin because an ethereal spirit told him about a magical lamp hidden deep in a cave that only Aladdin could enter.  

Aladdin and his wonderful lamp at the Puppet Co.Believing that his Uncle has come to help him and his mother out of poverty, Aladdin follows the man to the cave and enters alone to search for the lamp with only a magical ring provided by the spirit for protection.  Aladdin finds the lamp but before he can get out of the cave it closes.  The man pretending to be Aladdin’s Uncle leaves, believing that Aladdin and the lamp are trapped for 1,000 years.  But, the ring Aladdin took into the cave with him transports him and the lamp safely home.

Once home, Aladdin and his mother begin to polish the lamp intending to sell it.  Of course, once they rub the lamp a genie appears - and this genie is larger than life, appearing in a burst of smoke.  Of course, the genie is able to grant Aladdin’s every wish.  With the help of the genie he is able to win the Princess’s hand in marriage by providing her father with bowl after bowl of jewels and building the princess an enormous palace.  

All is going well until the mysterious stranger who led Aladdin to the cave so many years ago finds out from the spirit that Aladdin is alive and well and in possession of the magical lamp.  The man finds the lamp and transports Aladdin’s palace, and the Princess, to another land.  In his despair, Aladdin remembers that he still has the ring that allowed him a way out of the sealed cave and uses it to find the Princess and his palace.  He is able to rescue the Princess, and the lamp, from the evil man and return to living happily ever after.   

The Puppet Co.’s production of Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp is breathtaking.  Through the use of larger-than-life puppets, video productions, and other special effects The Puppet Co. brings Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp to life is a mesmerizing way.  My children (4 and 7) could not settle on a favorite part.  First it was the Princess entering on a (nearly) life-sized elephant, then it was the Sultan growing higher and higher on his pile of jewels, then it was the enormous purple genie, then “all the funny parts.”  

Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp is recommended for grades K-6.  Although the show is not recommended for children under 5, my four year old daughter loved the show and was completely enraptured.   My seven year old son loved it as well.

If you go, The Puppet Co. Playhouse is located in Glen Echo Park.  Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp runs until March 15, 2015 on Thursdays and Fridays at 10:00 and 11:30am and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30am and 1:00pm.  The show runs approximately 45 minutes, making it manageable for families that include young children.  Tickets are $10.00 for everyone two and up.  There are discounts for group sales and a trip to the Puppet Co. makes a great outing for a playgroup.   Tickets can be purchased by online with no ticketing fees at http://www.thepuppetco.org, by calling (301) 634-5380, or at the box office.   For procrastinators, be aware that online ticket sales end one hour and fifteen minutes before show time.

There is plenty of free parking at Glen Echo, but be sure to allot five to ten minutes to walk from the parking lot to the theatre.  The path from the parking lot to the theater is completely flat and stroller-friendly.  There is a covered, designated place to leave strollers just outside the theatre door.  

Doors open fifteen minutes before the show begins.  Seating is general admission with seating for children available on the floor and some benches available for adults in the back and along the perimeter where children are allowed to sit on grown-ups laps.  There is limited space available for caregivers to sit with children on the floor near the front so if you want to sit with your child up front you should plan on arriving early to be among the first admitted to the theatre.  Plenty of space for caregivers to sit with children is available in the back and the views are great.  

There are two live feed monitors in the lobby so you will not miss any of the show if you need to step out with your child for a moment.  The Princess and Aladdin, along with their Puppeteers,  greet patrons as they exit the theatre and are available for photos. 

If you see Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp on a nice day be sure to take advantage of Glen Echo’s playground before or after the show - and we are supposed to have a few nice days in March!

Photo by Jamie Davis Smith.

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Submitted by nicole.owings.f... on
My 6 year old enjoyed this show though it isn't like the Disney version! I think it is good for the 5-8 set but a little advanced for preschool and toddlers.
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My 6 year old enjoyed this show though it isn't like the Disney version! I think it is good for the 5-8 set but a little advanced for preschool and toddlers.

By: NicoleO on Fri Dec 4, 2015
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