Apparently it’s not just us Carrollians who’ve taken notice of the big 1-5-0, game designers have too. Take this for instance, a Gamejolt Jam, which is apparently a challenge to come up with games based on a theme, has a new Alice jam scheduled for June 27 – July 3. The rules are simple:
Base your game on the Alice in Wonderland book or characters
Include the mystery theme (this will be announced at the beginning of the jam)
Create the game within the jam period, including any graphics and audio
Entries can be from individuals or teams
Upload your game to Game Jolt and tag it with #alicejam150
Well, I guess it had to happen sooner or later, a Las Vegas Alice show. Performed infrequently, check the show’s page on the official Hard Rock website for details. Next performance appears to be May 20.
Alice: A Steampunk Rock Opera at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel, and the eight-member cast all have their Strip show duties first before the 11 p.m. explosion of bizarre makeup, outrageous costumes, fierce dancing and even fiercer music. “Alice” is the map-cap, zany creation of current “Jubilee” at Bally’s lead vocalist Anne Martinez.
I saw the production based on … Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” a month ago and was bowled over by the energy of the frenetic, sexy performers in their original and elaborate Steampunk costumes. The artistic tour de force really has dramatic singing and dancing.
These are original arrangements of favorite pop/rock songs by Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse andThe Rolling Stones with a nine-piece live band led by trumpet titan Dave Perrico. The Cheshire Cat and The White Rabbit are part of the theatrical experience choreographed by Ryan Kelsey (“Pin Up”at the Stratosphere) and Claudia Mitria, who perform in the show.
Don’t be frightened or surprised when the cast leaves the stage to perform routines in the audience with flashlights to spotlight them. Don’t miss this offbeat, rowdy and raucous revelry. The only question remaining for tonight is who will be the guest star to play The Red Queen to scream, “Off with their heads!”
On April 24th the Pontine Theatre will premiere its new Victorian-style toy theatre production of The Hunting of the Snark and Other Nonsense. Shows run through May 20th. The production is performed by Co-Artistic Directors, Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews. The figures, set, projected images and costumes are designed and created by Mr. Gathers, examples of which are below. Looks like fun, wish New Hampshire was slightly closer for us.
The Landing – Image Credit: Greg Gathers
The Baker’s Tale – Image Credit: Greg Gathers
The Beaver’s Lesson – Image Credit: Greg Gathers
The Barrister’s Dream – Image Credit: Greg Gathers
Currently in Beta, there is a new game being developed by PlayparkSEA for both Android and iOS platforms based on Alice. From what we can see in this video, looks like it might be fun Not sure if you can still get in on the beta, but follow on Facebook to see.
Who doesn’t love Peeps? When not eating them, or jousting with them, what can they be used for? Why, for constructing elaborate dioramas depicting scenes from Alice in Wonderland of course! The Washington Post’s annual Peep Diorama contest this year had an Alice entry as one of the best, and I must say it does look yummy!
There is a new Alice iPad app, featuring beautifully rendered Arthur Rackham illustrations! At $2.99 it is a bargain. Get yours now! From the iTunes page:
• Complete set of Interactive illustrated boards beautifully adapted for iPad and iPad Mini with animations, physical objects, and interactive sounds.
• Complete set of original boards presented in the Historical Notes section.
• Amazing environmental soundtracks inside the Interactive Boards.
• Help Guide to the Interactive Boards for the youngest readers.
• “Invisible ink objects” to play with on every text page, just touch the letters!
• Camera function to mix your portraits inside these wonderful compositions and save on your iPad or share with family and friends.
• Detailed navigation menus.
• Full texts in the original version and from the earliest translations: English (1856), French (1869), Italian (1871) and Spanish (1922).
• In addition, find rich and interesting historical notes about Arthur Rackham, his work, the world he worked in, and the context of Carroll’s fantastic book (English only).
• Retina Ready
-App designed for iPad™ (2nd, 3rd, 4th generation) iPad air™ and iPad mini™ all generations-
Publishers are getting in on the Alice150 celebrations! Here is a list of books that have or will come out this year. A new, highly illustrated edition of The Annotated Alice! The first trade edition with the Dalí illustrations! A 3-volume work on translations! New illustrators! Many more!
Please feel free to email Mark if you know of others or have suggestions or corrections.
These days its seems that everyone wants to make creative photographic alterations to any number of subjects, however far too often these creations take on a life of their own and through the internet version of the game of telephone become ‘real’.
Alan Beechey has recently posted an article on his blog that debunks several of the more blatant Carroll forgeries. Take a peek and don’t believe everything you see on the internets.
The book The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland has just been published in the UK, and will be available here in the US on June 1st – how typical For those in the UK you can purchase it here now.
On March 22, the Guardian published an lengthy review of the book, posed several questions and posited several theories of its own. I shall leave it to the reader to weigh the merits of any such comments in either the review or the book reviewed. Needless to say, the reviewer calls it the best book on the subject.