Fantasy of a Kingdom is a Las Vegas style Thai cultural show infused with cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art show elements. The essence of being Thai, everything from the love for freedom and fun, courage and compassion, is being represented in each scene. As the Prince of Kamala journeys through each progressive scene, he slowly discovers these aspects and learns what it means to be the perfect Thai.
The show has its premiere on 20 December 1998
9 exciting show elements are employed to ensure that the audience is kept on the edge of their seats!
1. Thai culture
2. Magic illusion
4. Animal performance
7. Aerial performance
8. 4 dimensional effects
9. Special effects
Cast & Crew:
There are over 400 cast & crew members working together to put up the show each night. There are also over 44 elephants, 3 tigers, 40 goats, 40 chicken and 400 pigeons that form a significant part of our cast!
N° of scenes and duration:
The show comprises 11 scenes and is over 70 minutes long.
I. The Awakening
II. Shadow & Light
III. Mystical Kinnaree
IV. To be Thai is to be Free
V. The Sacred Tale
VII. The Land of Smiles
VIII. First Love
XI. Final Conflict
XI. Golden Palace
Kamala Boy ~ the whimsical young prince
Kamala Girl ~ the beautiful country girl
Iyara ~ the magic elephant
Kinnaree ~ the half-bird half-woman creature of ancient mythology
Apsara ~ the free spirited angel
Hanuman ~ the trickster king of monkeys
Tossakan ~ the evil 10 headed giant
Chang & Eng ~ the world famous Siamese Twins
Takhon Ghost ~ the comical & fun loving spirit
Buffalo Demon ~ Kamala Boy’s devilish adversary
1. Fantasy of a Kingdom is the longest running permanent show in Asia.
2. Cast includes 44 elephants, 6 buffaloes, 400 birds, 40 goats and more than a handful of chickens!!!
3. The main stage lifts used in the show are among the biggest in the world!
4. The show features the most number of elephants to be assembled in an indoor theater anywhere in the world!
Kamala, a land of peace and plenty…
Kamala, a people of joy and harmony…
Kamala, a story of myth, mystery and magic…
For generations, stories have been told of an ancient kingdom of wealth and glory long lost in time, and of a young Prince destined to rule this land with wisdom and benevolence. Sadly dark times fell upon the people as they succumbed to greed and selfish desires, and the goodness inherent in the essence of true Thai people was lost.
The guardian spirits of the land became angry and placed a curse on the kingdom, turning the Prince and his faithful elephant companion to stone…until the time came when all the people of the land could learn to unite in true harmony once again…
‘Fantasy of a Kingdom’ brings this story to life and continues the legend….
The fantasy adventure begins as the people of Kamala gather from all corners of the land in harmonious union to bring their beloved Prince back to life. Together they embark on a journey through exotic lands and magical times, rediscovering compassion… love… courage…and the many other shining virtues that define what it is that makes a people Thai…
THE AWAKENING ~ UNITY
On a magical moonlit night, deep in the enchanted jungle of Kamala, a mysterious ancient palace shimmers into existence. In the center of these ruins stands a statue of a boy sitting atop an elephant, miraculously preserved through the ages.
The sudden trumpeting of distant horns heralds the majestic arrival of the elephants. Villagers gather in response to the call, joining in rhythmic chant and prayer. The intense power of the ritual dance and the growing spirit of their Unity awaken the statue and the Legend is unveiled…
SHADOW & LIGHT ~ CIRCLE OF LIFE
By the glow of flickering fires, shadow and light leap and dance to form colorful images, illuminating the story of the magical Kingdom of Kamala and the legend of a boy Prince…
One chapter in the never-ending tale of the Circle of Life…
MYSTICAL KINNAREE ~ COMPASSION
Deep in the heart of the Kamala Kingdom lies a magical forest glade, where reside the graceful Kinnaree, the half-bird, half-woman angels of age-old myths.The Prince comes across this enchanted place and is entranced by the magnificent beauty he finds there. Overwhelmed with desire, he decides to capture one of these fascinating creatures using his magic lasso. The sight of the tearful and terrified angel fills the heart of the young boy with great pain and regret and he is taught a princely lesson in Compassion from the delicate Kinnaree.
TO BE THAI IS TO BE FREE ~ FREE – SPIRITED
As evening falls and the grandeur of the night sky is revealed in all its starry splendor, the Prince catches a glimpse of celestial beings soaring majestically through the heavens. Apsara, the angels of Freedom, rejoice in ecstatic movements celebrating the very heart of Thai ideals.
THE SACRED TALE ~ GOOD & EVIL
Kamala Boy finds himself in a mythical battle between the ancient forces of Good and Evil. Rama, the embodiment of all righteous ideals and goodness, is engaged in a fierce battle against an army of demon warriors led by the evil ten-headed Tossakan. Hanuman, the clever trickster king of the monkeys, aids Rama by stripping Tossakan of his invincibility.
Tossakan and his army flee in fear and cowardice from the battlefield and Goodness triumphs over Evil.
SANUK ~ FUN – LOVING
Chang and Eng, the inseparable Siamese Twins, along with a colorful troop of mischievous Ta Khon ghosts, play host to a magic carnival and invite everyone to join in the Sanuk, the irrepressible Fun-loving essence of the Thai people. The Prince appears to be unimpressed with the twins’ chaotic antics and frivolous magic. This drives the bickering duo into even more frantic behavior as they try harder to outwit the young Prince.
THE LAND OF SMILES ~ HARMONY
Throughout the Prince’s journey, the grand countryside unfolds before him revealing a marvelous tapestry of natural beauty and wondrous bounty. As he travels to the 4 regions of the Kingdom, he witnesses the exotic song and dance from the colorful people of those places.
As far as the Kingdom reached in all its glorious splendor, the Prince discovers that people can transcend their diversity and live in Harmony with one another.
FIRST LOVE ~ LOVE
The Prince passes through a small village and finds the people harvesting rice and singing in playful joy amidst a tranquil country scene. A special young girl captures his heart and a romantic Love blossoms. All too soon, their powerful affection for each other awakens a great, slumbering evil residing deep below. Storms and chaos follow as the menacing Fortress of the Buffalo Demons rises to the surface.
The young girl is taken hostage and the Prince must find a way to rescue her…
FINAL CONFLICT ~ COURAGE
In great haste, the Prince assembles an army and prepares to engage the demon warriors at the gates of the evil fortress. A fierce battle ensues and the odds seem overwhelming against the boy Prince. The Prince’s troops fight valiantly but the Demon Warriors appear from everywhere. All seems lost until the Prince, summoning his last strength, calls upon his beloved friend, Iyara. Suddenly, Iyara appears as if by magic, trumpeting fiercely.
The demon warriors become terrified as they encounter the rage of the mighty elephant. With powerful blasts from his magical trunk, the walls of the fortress are blasted down and the Demons quickly retreat in fear. The Prince is reunited with his Princess and through his Courage, tested on the field of battle, a love greater than any ever known is born.
CELEBRATIONS ~ HOPE
As the last remnants of the fires burn slowly away and a delightful fragrance of peace permeates the air, the children and their elephant friends come out to dance and play, their pure and innocent spirit kindling a new Hope and the dawn of a new beginning.
THE GOLDEN PALACE ~ PERSEVERANCE
999 lordly elephants of great strength and unwavering Perseverance work in unison to rebuild the kingdom and restore its magnificent palaces.
The people of Kamala join in to celebrate the glory of their Kingdom and the long awaited arrival of a righteous and benevolent ruler, a true Thai King.
Meet the characters
I ~ Prince of Kamala
The beloved young Prince who rules Kamala Kingdom, on a quest to discover the true nature and the meaning of being Thai.
II ~ Iyara
Iyara, guide and faithful companion to the young Prince, divine descendant of the ancestral Elephant Lords who built the Kingdom.
III ~ Kamala Girl
A lovely, young village girl full of beauty and grace. Born to a simple farm family, she is destined to win the heart of the young Prince of Kamala and help save the Kingdom from the demon warriors.
IV ~ Kinnaree
Angelic creatures of ancient mythology, half-bird and half-woman, these graceful and magical beings provide comfort and shelter to all who seek the heavenly realms.
V ~ Apsara
Celestial beings who celebrate the spirit of Freedom through song and dance.
VI ~ Hanuman
Hanuman, the Trickster King of the Monkey warriors, protects his King with devout loyalty and clever antics.
VII ~ Tossakan
With ten heads and twenty arms, Tossakan is the most feared and dangerous among all the evil lords. He is magically protected from harm and cannot be killed by ordinary beings.
VIII ~ Chang & Eng
Siam’s most famous duo, these two inseparable boys enjoy entertaining their guests with song, dance and magic.
IX ~ Ta Khon Ghost
Mischievous and mysterious, these playful ghosts create chaos with their fun and frolic.
X ~ Buffalo Demon
These are demon warriors, half-man, half-buffalo, who are powerful and formidable warriors led by the evil Buffalo Demon Lord.