Originally performed in Sydney and Melbourne to sell-out audiences with a storyteller and music, now the characters can tell their own story through songs.
Written, scored, arranged, composed and performed by Victor Spiegel.
The illustration was designed by Sean Callinan
The lead character Daniel was recorded by Shannon Brown
The female lead was recorded by Hannah Gwatkin
We are currently gathering the creative team:
Art Director – Sean Callinan
Costumes – Sarah Chelkowski
Puppet designer – Kay Yasugi
Director – Annette Rowlison
If you are interested please email me ASAP.
It is currently envisioned to be a touring group, making the set modular and easy to transport.
Music & Lyrics: Victor Spiegel
Originally a tale from The 1001 Arabian Nights, this is a contemporary retelling of a young man’s quest for his heart’s desire.
STANLEY WELLER is CEO of the Weller Corporation: manufacturers of helpful inventions. His son, DANIEL, though employed by his father has no wish to be part of this thriving empire and instead reads fantasy novels and dreams of great things.
When a WOODCARVER presents a colorful wooden horse Stanley exclaims they are too difficult to reproduce. The Woodcarver reveals that this is a magic horse. Stanley is offended, “It’s a scam!” he shouts. He is about to send the Woodcarver and the horse away when Daniel protests and asks to examine it.
Daniel takes it back to his room, sits on it and discovers there are buttons and levers cleverly concealed on its body. He pushes one and suddenly he and the horse fly out the window.
He returns elated and excited. He runs to tell his father the fantastic news when his dad takes him aside and explains that everything he does is “for the good of all.” Daniel is torn. He does not know what he can do for the good of all and returns despondently to the horse. This time when he sits and wonders what good he can do, or even know his heart’s desire the horse flies out the window across strange lands and oceans to a castle floating in the sky. There he meets PRINCESS ARIANNA. They fall in love. He learns that her Magician-King father KAHHAR has imprisoned her and she cannot leave until she marries PRINCE WEST. Daniel heroically claims that he will rescue her from her father and jumps on his horse and descends to the city below.
The Big City is so unusual and distracting that Daniel forgets for a while why he is there. Finally he remembers his mission and flies into the king’s room to wait. He is awakened as King Kahhar bangs and pokes his wooden horse, yelling for guards to find the culprit who has gained entrance to his private quarters.
Frightened for his life,, Daniel slips out a window, climbs along the balcony and drops into the moat. He swims then runs all through the night.
When the sun rises he is in an inhospitable desert. He is totally unprepared for survival, bemoans his fate and though he keeps traveling at night, there is no shade, no water, no food.
Finally, after nearly going out of his mind, he reaches an enchanted garden where strange creatures roam but there is a stream and a luscious but odd fruit tree. He drinks his fill, eats the fruit and falls asleep.
When he wakes his hands have become paws and he brays like a donkey. He’s turned into a monster! He is doomed! No one will want him- especially Princess Arianna. He falls into a fitful sleep. A sage comes to him in the night and tells him to eat the dried fruit beneath the tree, not the growing fruit. He does and slowly recovers his former shape.
The next morning a Prince West and his retinue enter the garden to drink and eat. When the COURTIER runs to Daniel to ask him what to do because their Prince has turned into a monster, Daniel, still recovering from his transformation can only nod. The Courtier, seeing that Daniel is about the same build as their Prince, dress Daniel as the Prince and disguising their own monster prince as a servant and set out to the castle.
The wedding goes ahead and Arianna, surprised at Daniel’s appearance willingly goes through the nuptials, during which Daniel whispers to her to ask for the horse as a parting gift from her father.
On their way back across the desert the Prince has recovered himself enough to throw off his servant’s disguise and vows to destroy Daniel and take his rightful wife when Daniel ducks, runs with Arianna to the magic horse and the couple speed away back home.
There they reward the Woodcarver, help Stanley run the business, and live happily ever after.
We move from the reality of a corporate office to a fantasy when the wooden horse leaps out the window. This can be accomplished various ways: through
Puppets – held, oversize, etc.
Digital media (iPad, interactive version)
There are twenty-five songs, none longer than five minutes.
Performance will last approximately one hour and a half.
Target audience: children 5-12.
01. Intro: Storyteller
02. We’re Weller: Ensemble
03. Why Not Me?: Daniel
04. Woodcarver: Stanley & Woodcarver
05. Inventors: Ensemble
06. Woodcarver Presents: Stanley, Woodcarver & Daniel
07. Flying- part 1: Daniel
08. Good of All: Stanley & Ensemble
09. I’m A Question Mark: Daniel
10. Flying- part 2: Daniel
11. Who Are You?: Arianna & Daniel
12. Love Song: Arianna & Daniel
13. The Big City: Daniel
14. Magic Horse Blues: Daniel
15. Malice in the Palace: King Kahhar & Daniel
16. Sea of Sand: Daniel
17. I’m A Monster: Daniel
18. Sage: Storyteller
19. I’m the Prince: Prince West
20. He’s A Monster: Courtier & Daniel
21. Wedding: Priest, Daniel & Arianna
22. May I Take the Horse?: Arianna & King Kahhar
23. We’re Done Here: Prince West
24. Flying Home: Arianna & Daniel
25. Finale: Storyteller & Ensemble
Various things to consider in preparation for development.
Since we are currently in the Development phase, we need a working budget to pay for the creative team, prototype puppets and sets, and actors.
THEATRE REVIEW BY MELYNDA WOODWARD 21/06/09
WHAT: THE MAGIC HORSE
WHERE: LA MAMA THEATRE – (La Mama for Kids)
COMPOSED BY: VICTOR SPIEGEL
PERFORMED BY: VICTOR SPIEGEL (Keyboard), RASHEEDA RUTH COPER
(Percussion) & JENNIFER ANDERSON (Narration)
La Mama for Kids is where it’s all at for the big kid inside of you, and
this time around it was an ancient Sufi story called The Magic Horse
that won over the hearts and minds of the children and their guardians.
Complete with narration and music, this contemporary version of The
Magic Horse tells the story of Prince Qalb, a young but lonely prince
who live in a far away kingdom with his father King Karana. Obsessed
with usefulness and inventions, King Karana has the people of his
kingdom invent all kinds of oddities for his pleasure but is most
unprepared when he receives a gift from a humble woodsman – a little
magic horse. Casting the horse aside for his son’s pleasure, Prince
Qalb soon discovers that is indeed magic and before he knows it is
seeking his true heart’s desire.
This little horse proceeds to takes Prince Qalb to far away places and
kingdoms where he meets a beautiful princess, Auriana. Of course like
all good fables, they fall in love but are forbidden to marry by her
father, the evil King Dunya. Then the plot thickens with another evil
Prince, Jadu, an enchanted forest, a caravan of camels and of course
trickery and treachery.
But again like all good fables, the best man wins and Prince Qalb and
Princess Auriana marry and, with the help of the magic horse, escape and
live happily every after.
The Magic Horse is a lovely tale and the way that it is told is as
equally as magical as the horse itself. The music is brilliantly played
and the storytelling not only allows the children to use their
imagination, but engages them on a rhythmic level as well.
If you love the idea of East and West merging through the art of
storytelling and music, then go and see The Magic Horse next time it is