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NARRATOR: Once upon a time in the Middle East there was a young poor boy called Aladdin. When his father died, his mother had to work hard.
MOTHER: Aladdin, go to the market and buy some fish for dinner.
ALADDIN: Are we going to eat fish again, mother?.
MOTHER: You know we don´t have enought money. Fish is all I can afford.
ALADDIN: I am sorry.
MOTHER: It´s not your fault.
ALADDIN: But I promise you, that one day I will give you everything you deserve.
MOTHER: It´s getting late. Go now.
NARRATOR: He went to the market, and while he was shopping a stranger saw him alone so he approached him.
ALIN: How´s your father?.
ALADDIN: Excuse me?.
ALIN: I just want to know how your father is doing.
ALADDIN: My father died a long time ago.
ALIN: Oh, I am sorry, I didn´t know. I am your uncle Alin.
ALADDIN: I didn´t know I have an uncle.
NARRATOR: The man in fact was not his uncle, he was an African wizard.
ALIN: Please take me to see your mother. It´s very important.
NARRATOR: Both went home and when Aladdin´s mother saw the man, she was surprised because she didn´t know who he was.
MOTHER: Please, sit down, and have dinner with us.
NARRATOR: Aladdin´s mother cook the fish and while they were eating the stranger said.
ALIN: And what do you do, Aladdin?.
MOTHER: He does nothing. He just likes to play with his friends.
ALIN: But, that´s not right. Come with me on a journey to another country. You will learn how to buy and sell the most fine fabrics.
ALADDIN: That sounds good to me, at least I´ll meet other people and visit other countries.
ALIN: We will leave tomorrow morning.
NARRATOR: Next day they left early morning. Alin told Aladdin wonderful stories throughout the journey. At night they stopped to rest in the forest.
ALIN: Aladdin, bring some wood to make a fire. When you come back I will tell you a secret.
ALADDIN: I´ll come as soon as I can. I am really intrigued!
NARRATOR: When the fire was lit the wizard said some magical words. Suddenly, a door appeared. Aladdin was so scared that he started to run away.
ALIN: Stop!. Where do you think you´re going?.
ALIN: Open the door!. It´s an order!.
NARRATOR: Aladdin opened the door and he saw a staircase.
ALIN: You will go down. Walk straight a narrow hall, then you will pass a fruit garden, and at the other end you will find an oil lamp. Bring it to me !. But I warn you, don´t touch anything or you will regret it!.
NARRATOR: When Aladdin was inside the cave, he saw very fine jewelry hanging from the fruit trees. He put some in his pockets disobeying the wizard. Then he saw the lamp.
ALADDIN: This is the lamp he wants.
NARRATOR: Then, he took the lamp and looked inside very carefully.
ALADDIN: There´s a ring inside. I will put it on, anyway, he didn´t say anything about a ring.
NARRATOR: Next, he went back to the door. When he was about to go out the wizard said.
ALIN: Give me the lamp!.
NARRATOR: Aladdin was surprised by the tone of his voice, and was suspicious.
ALADDIN: I will give it to you as soon as I am out.
ALIN: No!. I just want the lamp!.
ALADDIN: Let me out, then I will give you the lamp!.
NARRATOR: The wizard was angry at Aladdin and said.
ALIN: I prefer to loose the lamp and its powers!. You will stay there forever!.
NARRATOR: Then he shut the door. Aladdin had no other choice but to go down the stairs where he sat on the floor and remained there for two days.
ALADDIN: It´s so dark in here, and I am so cold.
NARRATOR: Then he rubbed his hands together, and suddenly he saw a bright light coming out from the ring. It was a genie.
GENIE FROM THE RING: Master, I will do as you order!.
ALADDIN: Who are you?.
GENIE FROM THE RING: I am the slave from the ring. I will grant you all your wishes.
ALADDIN: If that is true, then take me home.
NARRATOR: And in just a few second he was back home again.
MOTHER: Aladdin!. I was worried about you!. Where have you been?.
ALADDIN: Oh mother, something terrible happened.
NARRATOR: And he told his mother about the wizard , the ring, and the lamp.
MOTHER: Aladdin, I am so sad. We don´t have any money, not even to buy some food.
ALADDIN: Don´t worry mother, the genie will help us.
NARRATOR: And he rubbed the ring again, and when the genie appeared he said.
GENIE FROM THE RING: I am sorry, but I can´t.
ALADDIN: What do you mean you can´t?.
GENIE FROM THE RING: I can only take you from one place to another.
ALADDIN: If that is the case, then, I will sell the lamp!.
MOTHER: Are you sure you want to do that?.
ALADDIN: Yes, we don´t have other choice.
MOTHER: Let me clean it then. It´s so dirty, maybe we can get more money if it looks like new.
NARRATOR: When his mother rubbed the lamp to clean it, a genie appeared before them.
MOTHER: Who are you?.
GENIE FROM THE LAMP: I am the slave from the lamp. I will obey your orders!.
ALADDIN: Give us something to eat!.
NARRATOR: And from that day Aladdin and his mother always had food on their table. One day Aladdin went to the market and he saw passing by the Sultan´s daughter.
ALADDIN: Oh, she´s so beautiful!. I am in love with her.
NARRATOR: Then he went home and told his mother about the beautiful girl.
ALADDIN: I want to marry her!.
MOTHER: Ha, ha, ha, you know that is impossible.
ALADDIN: Please, mother. Go talk to the Sultan, and take this fine jewelry I found in the cave.
MOTHER: Very well. I´ll go, but I can´t promise you good news.
NARRATOR: Her mother went to the palace to talk to the Sultan.
SULTAN: What can I do for you, old woman?.
MOTHER: My son, Aladdin, fell in love with your daughter, and he wants to marry her. He has sent her a gift.
SULTAN: Let me see it.
NARRATOR: As soon as the Sultan saw the sparkling jewelry he said.
SULTAN: This fine jewelry is not enough. I will approve to the wedding on one condition.
MOTHER: And what is that?.
SULTAN: If your son builds by tomorrow a splendid and magnificent palace, he will marry my daughter.
MOTHER: I will let him know your desire.
NARRATOR: When Aladdin heard the news he asked the genie from the lamp for another wish.
ALADDIN: I order you to build the most beautiful palace, with precious stones, and a magnificent garden.
GENIE FROM THE LAMP: Your wish is an order to me!.
NARRATOR: Next day the Sultan was astonished to see the palace and agreed to the wedding, and in a few days they got married. While in a faraway place the wizard heard the news.
ALIN: I am so furious!. Aladdin didn´t die inside the cave. I have to go back and get the lamp!. I am sure he has it!.
NARRATOR: As soon as he returned he disguised himself as a merchant and went to the palace where Aladdin and his wife were living.
SERVANT: What can I do for you?.
ALIN: I would like to talk to the princess.
SERVANT: Let me call her.
NARRATOR: As soon as the princess was before him, he said.
ALIN: Would you like to exchange old lamps for new ones?.
PRINCESS: Well, indeed I have an old lamp. Let me bring it.
NARRATOR: As soon as the princess gave the lamp to Alin, he rubbed the lamp. And the Genie appeared.
ALIN: Take me, the princess, and the palace to my homeland.
GENIE: Your wish is an order to me!.
NARRATOR: And he took them away. When the sultan knew about what had happened he was furious at Aladdin, and he had to tell him the truth,
SULTAN: Very well. I will forgive you if in forty days you bring me my daughter back.
ALADDIN: You know I will. I love her more than anything in the world.
NARRATOR: Aladdin was desperate, and didn´t know what to do. Then he remembered the Genie of the Ring. He rubbed the ring and the genie appeared.
ALADDIN: Take me to where my wife is.
NARRATOR: In an instant they were in Africa, and Aladdin started looking for the princess, until he found her.
ALADDIN: My dear wife, what have they done to you?
PRINCESS: Oh Aladdin, this is like a nightmare!.
ALADDIN: I have to tell you he truth. Come, sit over here, we have to talk.
NARRATOR: Aladdin told her what had happened, then he asked.
ALADDIN: Do you know where the lamp is?.
PRINCESS: That wicked wizard has it.
ALADDIN: We have to think of something to get it back. I think I have a plan.
PRINCESS: I am listening.
NARRATOR: That night the princess invited Alin to have dinner at a very fine restaurant. But as always, he carried the lamp with him.
ALIN: You look beautiful tonight princess!.
PRINCESS: Thank you. I think I need some fresh air, let´s go to the balcony.
ALIN: Take my hand.
PRINCESS: Do you have to take that lamp with you?.
ALIN: Yes, I do.
PRINCESS: Then leave it on the table. It looks so old and rusty that nobody will take it.
ALIN: You´re right.
NARRATOR: Alin placed the lamp over the table and they went outside. As soon as they left, Aladdin took the lamp, then he went behind them, and when they were in the balcony, he pushed Alin, falling down from the balcony.
ALADDIN: Come on!.
PRINCESS: Rub the lamp!.
ALADDIN: Genie, I order you to take us to our palace in the Middle East.
NARRATOR: And in an instant they appeared in the palace where Aladdin´s mother and the sultan were waiting, and when they saw them they hugged and kissed them.
SULTAN: My dear daughter, you´re back.
PRINCESS: Oh, father I missed you so much!.
ALADDIN´S MOTHER: Aladdin, my dear son!.
SULTAN: Thank you Aladdin for bringing my dearest daughter home.
ALADDIN: Everything is over now, and we have nothing to worry about. Come, my dear wife our life together is just beginning.
NARRATOR: And they were happy for many, many years.
Author: Middle Eastern Folktale
Adapted by: K I D S I N C O
Moral: Greatness and strength comes from within, not from without.