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Marco Polo Marco Polo (1254-January 8, 1324) was an Italian explorer. He was one of the first Europeans to explore East Asia. Marco Polo was born in Venice, one of the most successful trading cities. His father Niccolo Polo took him on his first journey to China. His family were well-known merchants, not explorers. Polo went on a 24-year trip to China with his father and uncle during the Mongol Dynasty. He left Venice the age of 17 on a boat that went through the Mediterranean Sea. Then he travelled across Asia . On the way there he had to go over mountains and through terrible deserts, across hot burning lands and places where the cold was horrible. He served in Kublai Khan's court for 17 years. He left the Far East and returned to Venice by sea. He brought noodles back from China and the Italians came up with different sizes and shapes and called it pasta. Polo returned to Venice with treasures like ivory, jewels, porcelain and silk. (


ivory

jewels

porcelain

silk

noodles


Marco polo Theatre play


Our story begins when Marco Polo has grown into a handsome young man. Like his father, Niccolo, he is now a sailor. Travelling to foreign lands and sailing into the unknown fascinates him. One day he decides to go on the journey of a lifetime. He sets sail on his boat and crosses the seas, withstanding sun, rain, storms, winds and sea monsters. He finally arrives in Imperial China, where his mission is to find the famous Kublai Khan and deliver a letter to him, sent from the Marco Polo´s father. However, he faces a great problem. The evil minister Ahmed is waiting to hypnotize the startled sailor. He tricks him and almost manages to steal the important letter Marco is carrying. However, Marco is insistent and finally Ahmed angrily leaves, looking for his master, the great Kublai Khan. In this moment, Marco meets the beautiful princess Kaidu, although he isn´t aware just yet, that she is a princess. She teaches him many things about China and they get on very well. Marco explains to Kaidu why he is in China, and Kaidu gives him a typical Chinese costume to wear for when he meets the great leader. Marco Polo finally meets Kublai Khan and delivers the letter from his father. The letter has some important information that will change Marco´s life forever. Once again the evil vizier Ahmed tries to ruin everything and Marco Polo is left to try and defeat him. What will happen? Will Ahmed be victorious and ruin a happy ending? Or will Marco Polo scare Ahmed off for good and live happily ever after?


The Characters


NICE SLOW OLD MYSTERIOUS LITTLE HANDSOME POWERFUL GREEDY INTELLIGENT RICH FUNNY CHUBBY BEAUTIFUL ELEGANT EVIL


THE END

MARCO POLO  

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