• Aladdin And The Little Mermaid

Synopsis:
A traditional panto, which cleverly blends the story of Aladdin with the tale of The Little Mermaid. Abanazer discovers the whereabouts of a magic lamp containing a genie, but thanks to global warming the cave containing the lamp now lies deep under the sea. So he seeks out the best diver in Shanghai, which just so happens to be Aladdin and asks him to retrieve it in return for untold riches. But when Aladdin swims out to a rock which is the tip of the undersea mountain, he meets the Mermaid Princess Ariel who convinces him that he cannot hold his breath long enough to reach the cave. But Abanazer is not about to give up and furnishes Aladdin with a divers suit. On the way down to the cave, Aladdin’s airline gets pulled out and he finds himself trapped in the underwater cave. In a rage, Abanazer pushes both Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee into the sea and leaves them to their fate. He then gets the Spirit of the Ring to turn him into Prince Octopus and descends into the ocean to retrieve the lamp himself. Unfortunately for him, the cave is protected by a magic that only King Neptune’s trident can break through. The story continues in traditional style and Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee, swap their original characters for undersea ones. Other characters who swap roles when undersea, include comedy duo taxi drivers Stir and Fry and Dim Sum a laundry worker.

Roles:
10 principals (involves doubling up) plus 2 smaller roles and several minor speaking roles and a chorus.

Runtime:
All of our scripts have a runtime of approx 120 minutes, assuming that you use the full number of suggested musical numbers and not including any interval. But this is very dependent on your own production and can be edited by yourselves to suit.

Music:
All of our pantomimes come with a full, suggested songs and music cues and SFX list.

Style:
Traditional British pantomime, incorporating visual comedy, slapstick and audience participation.




























Characters
Aladdin
Princess Ariel
Widow Twankey/Shushi
Wishee Washee/Jetsam/Winkle
Abanazer/Prince Octopus
King Neptune
Queen Pearl
Dim Sum/Flotsam/Minnow
Stir/Harry
Fry/Coco
Genie of the lamp
Spirit of the Ring

Chorus/Minor roles
Sea Witch
Citizens
Beach girls
Guards
Dancers
Palace retinue, Herald etc


Scene Three

At The Beach


A Punch & Judy stall is (USR) complete with Punch & Judy. A deckchair and a beach ball are (SL) and cut-out waves are upstage in front of the backcloth. Music cue 5: Beachgoers/Punch & Judy: After song ends… 

Aladdin and Wishee enter SR) Aladdin is dressed in a lifeguard outfit.

Aladdin
Well here we are at the beach, Wishee. Now keep a lookout for Uncle Abanazer.

Wishee
Right’o. 

Two pretty Girls sidle over to them.

Girl 1
(seductively) Hello Aladdin, we’re just about to go for a dip in the sea.

Aladdin 
That’s nice.

Girl 2
It will be when you rush in to ‘rescue’ us.

Wishee
Why? Can’t you swim?

Girl 1
Of course we can swim.

Aladdin
Sorry girls, but I’m not working today.

Girl 2
Then what are you doing here, dressed like that?

Aladdin
I’m going diving.

Girl 1
For pearls? 

Aladdin
No.

Girl 2
Treasure?

Aladdin
No.

Girl 1
Then what?

Wishee
He’s diving down to a cave to retrieve an old lamp.

Girl 2
An old lamp!

Girl 1
What’s so special about an old lamp?

Aladdin
It’s an antique.

Wishee
So is the person who wants it.

Girl 2
And how long does it take to reach this cave?

Wishee
As long as it takes for the mermaid to sing her song.

Girls
(exclaim) Mermaid!

Girl 1
I think you’ve both been in the sun too long.

Wishee
What do you mean?

Girl 2
It’s fried your brains!

Girls laugh and exit. 

Aladdin
They’re right Wishee, I must be mad. Underwater caves – lamps – mermaids. What was I thinking? 

Music cue 6: Abanazer enters (SL)

Abanazer
(to audience) I caught up with those idiot taxi-drivers and got my own back on them, for what they did to me. (to Aladdin) Ah, there you are Aladdin. Now let’s get down to business. Far out to sea…(points out to sea)…there is a large rock, which is the tip of the undersea mountain I spoke of. The mermaid always sits on the rock at the same time every day and sings her song. You must swim out to the rock and start your dive as she begins to sing.

Aladdin
I’ve changed my mind about diving down to this ‘Cave of Dreams’.

Abanazer
(annoyed) Don’t you want to get rich?

Aladdin
Yes, but I don’t believe it really exists and I certainly don’t believe in mermaids.

Twankey
(singing off) #Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…#

Twankey enters (SR) dressed in a gaudy bathing-costume and carrying a bag.

Twankey
#Oh I do like to be beside the seaside...# (to Aladdin & Wishee) Hello boys! 

Aladdin
What are you doing here mum?

Twankey
(handing him the bag) I’ve brought your thermal vest, Aladdin. (to audience) Well the sea can be very cold at this time of year can’t it? (to Abanazer) Oh, there you are Mr Ayatollah. Tell me, what do you think of my new bathing costume?

Abanazer
You look like a film star.

Twankey
(preening) Really? Which one?

Abanazer
Jaws.

Twankey
Oh, you're so cruel. If you're not careful I'll burst into tears.

Wishee
If you're not careful, you'll burst at the seams.

Twankey
I’m going to ignore your horrid remarks and go for a little paddle. (removes her shoes and dips her toe in and out of the ‘water’) You put you left toe in, your left toe out. In-out, in-out, splash it all about. Let’s go for a swim Mr Azerbaijan, the water’s lovely.

Abanazer
It might be, but it’s what’s been in it that puts me off.

Twankey
Why, what’s been in it?

Abanazer
Your feet.

Twankey
I’ll have you know I wash my feet in Harpic, every day.  (puts her shoes on again) So where is this cave again?  

Abanazer
It lies deep under the sea and is crammed full of untold wealth.

Twankey
It can’t be.

Abanazer
Why not?

Twankey
Because you’ve just told me about it.

Abanazer
(to audience) The old fool has the brains of a sea-slug. (to Twankey) Nevertheless, Aladdin refuses to retrieve the loot and save you from destitution.

Twankey
Oh no, I couldn’t go back to that. (to Aladdin) Aladdin! Dive down to that cave and bring us back the dosh.

Aladdin
I’m sorry mum, but I don’t believe the cave really exists.

Abanazer
Of course it exists! And it’s filled with gold and jewels, which you can keep for yourself. I’m rich enough already and only want the lamp.

Wishee
Why should we believe you?

Abanazer
(searches his costume and produces a small telescope) Here, look through this telescope and you’ll see that I speak the truth. (offers the telescope to Aladdin) Now look out to sea and tell me what you see sitting on that large rock?

Aladdin
A smaller rock.

Abanazer
Let me see. (grabs the telescope and looks through it – then turns it around and removes something from the lens) A piece of chewing gum was stuck to the lens. (hands telescope back to Aladdin) Look again.

Aladdin does so.

Abanazer
Now what do you see?

Aladdin
It looks like a seal. No wait! It’s not a seal, it’s…(exclaims)…it’s…it’s a mermaid!

Wishee
Let me see! (snatches the telescope and looks out) Cor! He’s right, it’s a beautiful mermaid and she only has a little bit of seaweed covering her…

Twankey
(eager)…Quick Aladdin! Get going before she starts singing!

Aladdin
Okay, mum. Here I go then! (runs behind Punch & Judy stall and exits into wing)

Wishee rushes over to the wing to where Aladdin has gone.

Twankey
Can you see him, Wishee?

Wishee
(looking into the wing) Yes mum and he’s about to dive into the sea. 

SFX: Loud splash and water splashes onto Wishee

Wishee
Uggh! I’m all wet!

Twankey
Well you always were a big dip.

Abanazer
Come on Wishee, we’ll watch Aladdin from the lifeguard stand.

All exit (SL)

Brief blackout, during which beach props are removed. At the same time a rock is pushed on to (CS) and a long sea-cloth is pulled across stage. Lights back up to reveal a Mermaid siting on the rock. She begins to sing her song Music cue 7: Ariel. After song ends…She spots Aladdin swimming out to her.

Ariel
(peering at Aladdin) What’s this I see? A human boy swimming towards me. And a very handsome one at that. (preens herself ready for Aladdin’s arrival)

Aladdin ‘swims’ on (SR)

Ariel
Hello there.

Aladdin
Oh no, I’m too late.

Ariel
Too late for what?

Aladdin
(clambers onto the rock beside her) I had to dive down to the Cave of Dreams and retrieve something before you stopped singing.

Ariel
Oh, that’s just a silly old mariner’s tale. (curious) What are you after anyway?

Aladdin
My uncle wants me to fetch an old lamp that lies inside the cave.

Ariel
(coyly) And is that the only reason you swam out here?

Aladdin
Yes…I mean no…I mean, as soon as I spied you through the telescope, I would’ve swum the widest ocean in order to meet you.

Ariel
(pleased) Really? And what is your name? 

Aladdin
Aladdin.

Ariel
Pleased to meet you Aladdin. I’m Ariel.

Aladdin
‘Ariel’. What a beautiful name. (sighs and stares at her)

Ariel
Why are you staring at me? Have I got seaweed in my hair?

Aladdin
No, no! It’s just that up until now, I didn’t believe that mermaids really existed.

Ariel
That’s because my father King Neptune, warned us to stay away from humans. But I’m curious about your world and have always wondered what it’s like living on land.

Aladdin
And I’ve always fancied exploring under the sea.

Ariel
Then why don’t I show you around my world and you can show me around yours?

Aladdin
That’s a great idea! Oh, but how can we? I can swim underwater, but you can’t walk on land without legs.

Ariel
There’s an old legend that states ‘if a merperson falls in love with a human, they can choose to exchange their fish tail for human legs for a day’. 

Aladdin
And do you think you could ever fall in love with a human boy?

Ariel
(eager) Oh, yes! I mean…possibly. And do you think you could ever fall in love with a mermaid?

Aladdin
(sighs) I think I already have. I mean…I think I could. Is it true that the Cave of Dreams holds great treasures?

Ariel
I don’t know. My father forbids anyone to ever enter that cave.

Aladdin
But why?

Ariel
He said it holds something that contains more power, than anyone should ever hold.

Aladdin
(to audience) Abanazer must be telling the truth about the treasure. After all, everyone knows that wealth is power.

Abanazer
(shouts off) Dive Aladdin! Dive!

Ariel
Who’s that?

Aladdin
It’s my uncle. I’d better dive down at once. (goes to jump into the sea)

Ariel
(stops him) No, Aladdin! No human could hold their breath long enough, to reach the cave. Why don’t I retrieve the treasure for you?

Aladdin
That’s very kind of you, but I don’t want you getting into trouble with your father on my behalf. I’ll just swim back to shore and tell Uncle Abanazer the bad news. 

Ariel
You’re leaving?

Aladdin
Yes, but I’ll swim out here again tomorrow. You will be here won’t you?

Ariel
You can count on it, Aladdin.

Aladdin
Until tomorrow then.

Ariel
Until tomorrow.

Aladdin climbs into the sea and swims off. Brief blackout, during which the sea-cloth and rock are removed and beach props are returned to their previous position – lights back up. Abanazer, Wishee and Twankey enter (SL)

Abanazer
Aladdin is swimming back to shore. (to audience, sensing victory) Soon the power of the lamp will be mine! Mine! All mine!

Aladdin walks on (SR) wringing out his shirt.

Twankey
Well done Aladdin, you made it.

Abanazer
(to Aladdin) Where is the lamp? Give it to me!

Aladdin
I don’t have it. The mermaid said no human could hold their breath long enough, to reach the cave.

Wishee
Pity. Mother had her heart set on joining the super-rich.

Abanazer
And she still can. 

Twankey 
Can I? How?

Abanazer
Wait there. (exits SL)

Wishee
(to Aladdin) So tell me more about this mermaid, Aladdin.

Aladdin
Her name’s Ariel and she’s the most beautiful girl I’ve ever met. 

Twankey
Don’t tell me you fancy a mermaid, Aladdin.

Aladdin
So what if I do? 

Twankey
But it can’t possibly work, you’re from different worlds. I mean I like a nice bit of haddock, but I wouldn’t want to snog one.

Abanazer re-enters carrying an old-fashioned divers-helmet connected to a long hose/airline.

Abanazer
(to Aladdin) This diving helmet will enable you to stay underwater for as long as you like, Aladdin. 

Aladdin
Wow! That means I can spend as much time as I want with Ariel. 

Abanazer
Fetch me the lamp and you can keep the helmet. 

Aladdin
Okay uncle. (to Wishee) Help me on with it Wishee.

Wishee
Right’o. (helps place the helmet over Aladdin’s head) 

Aladdin
Keumph ma lumphaaire!

Wishee
(opens his face glass) What did you say?

Aladdin
I said, ‘make sure you keep me well supplied with air’.

Wishee
Don’t worry, I will. (closes his face glass)

Abanazar 
Ready Aladdin?

Aladdin
Yeaph, um, reavy!

Twankey
(opens his face glass) What did you say?

Aladdin
I said ‘yes I’m ready’. 

Twankey
Okay then. (closes Aladdin’s face glass and accidentally stands on his airline)

Aladdin
Hulph, I chant breaph!

Wishee
What?

Aladdin
(flailing his arms about) Sheb stambink onph meorline!

Abanazer 
Steady on boy, you’re not in the water yet!

Aladdin
(slowly sinking to the ground) Hulph!

Twankey
(opens the face glass) What’s wrong now?

Aladdin
(gasping) You’re standing on my airline!

Twankey
Ooops! (takes his foot off the line) Sorry. 

Aladdin
Let’s try it again shall we. 

Wishee closes the face glass, then taps Aladdin’s helmet and gives thumbs up. Aladdin gives thumbs-up sign and walks slowly into the sea…(exits into wing SR)…Wishee feeds the line, which suddenly comes to an end in his hands.

Wishee
Oh no, the airline has run out!

Abanazer
(checks) Curses! I told that fool at B & Q I wanted 100 metres of garden hose.

Twankey
We’d better pull Aladdin back up. Give me a hand Wishee. (hauls in the line but it gets stuck) It seems to have snagged. (to Abanazer) Help us Mr Ali Baba!

Abanazer
All right. (aside to audience) Well I don’t want the fool to drown before he’s retrieved the lamp, do I.

Abanazer helps Wishee and Twankey pull on the rope. Suddenly the rope snaps Music cue 8: and they all fall backwards before scrambling to their feet.

Wishee
Oh, no! (shouting into the wing) Aladdin! 

Twankey
(to Abanazer) Quick! Do something or Aladdin will drown!

Abanazer
I don’t care about him! I’m only concerned about getting my lamp!

Wishee
You’re not our uncle at all, are you?

Abanazer
Of course not! And if you’re so worried, why don’t you save Aladdin yourself. (shoves Wishee into the wing)

Wishee
(falling off stage) Aaahh!

SFX: Loud splash.

Twankey
(rushes over to the wing) Wishee! Aladdin! (to Abanazer) You rotten swine! Throw something inflatable into the sea for them to cling on to!

Abanazer
Very well. (pushes Twankey into the wing) 

Twankey
(falling off stage) Aaahh!

SFX: Loud splash.

Abanazer
(to audience) Well I can’t think of anything more inflated than her. But now I’ll have to think of another way of getting hold of the lamp. I will consult the spirit of the ring. (rubs the ring) 

Music cue 9: Spirit of the ring enters (SR)

Spirit
You called, master.

Abanazer
Aladdin lies at the bottom of the sea,
Find someone else, to fetch the lamp for me.

Spirit
Alas poor Aladdin, the loveable scamp,
Was the only human who could fetch you the lamp.

Abanazer
Then find me a being who lives in the sea,
Capable of bringing the lamp to me.

Spirit
Neptune forbids all to enter that cave,
No sea-dweller can fetch, what you most crave. 

Abanazer
Then turn me into a creature of the deep,
One so nasty, it’ll make Neptune weep.

Spirit
As much as I hate, what I’m about to do,
I have no choice and must obey you.
You’re sure to cause a lot of fuss,
When I send you there, as an octopus! (casts a spell)

SFX: Pyrotechnic flash.

Snap blackout - Abanazer exits during blackout - lights up.

Spirit
Before I return to the magic ring,
I just have time for one more thing.
I’ll cast a spell around the cave
That only Neptune’s Trident can waive.
Only one who is pure of heart may enter,
And that my friends, is not Abanazer. (exits)


Aladdin And The Little Mermaid

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