One of our mimsy minions reports the release of a new (and free) 60-minute audio adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by a Canadian collective known as Voices in the Wind. After a quick listen to parts, I can tell you that the adaptation is quite loose (and Alice does not have a British accent). There is also at least one Disney-esque musical number.
Click me to read an article about the recording.
Click me to go directly to Voices in the Wind’s web site.
For anyone visiting Japan this December, Tokyo International Players are presenting five performances of the family-friendly Alice, an “original interpretation” of the classic book. This one puts Alice in Tokyo, struggling with her Japanese lessons when magical things begin to occur. The show runs December 6-9 only.
To read more about the production, click me.
The venerable Pollock’s Toy Shop in London offers an “Alice in Wonderland Shadowbox” featuring black-and-white images you can cut out and make into your own creative display. Their site also shows a couple of examples of finished projects. To view information and images for the Shadowbox, click me.
Pollock’s also offers a few other Carrollian items for sale. To view all of Pollock’s Alice-related offerings, click me.
One of our mimsy minions just forwarded us this information about the “interactive installation” Alice in Berlin, which is now coming to Brooklyn, NY this week from 9/27-29, and then to Chicago on October 19-20th. To read more about this project, click me.
We have just received this note from playwright and LCSNA member Daniel Singer:
“I’m pleased to announce that “A Perfect Likeness” will run Nov 7 – Dec 22 at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, with the same fine cast from the Actors Co-op production last summer. Details, when available, can be had from http://aperfectlikeness.com.”
The play has already had a couple of brief but very successful runs. If you are in the Pasadena, CA area, be sure to watch the play’s web site for performance times and tickets.
Singer Una Healy of the band “The Saturdays” has partnered with the Disney Channel’s Club Penguin for a new anti-bullying ad campaign “It Starts With You,” promoting safer surfing and constructive communal behavior online.
In the ad, Ms. Healy poses as Alice, falling into an unknown digital Wonderland. Kudos to Disney and to Ms. Healy for doing their part for a very worthy cause.
To read more about the campaign and to see interviews, click me.
One of our West Coast mimsy minions spotted this one: a list of 10 really neat miniature books, including a classic flip-book featuring the Cheshire Cat. To view all of these tiny delights, including a complete set of Shakespeare’s plays, click me.
One of our mimsy minions has shared this link from the Jewish Daily Forward. It is a review of a new book by Madelyn Travis entitled Jews and Jewishness in British Children’s Literature. The reviewer notes that while Lewis Carroll comes off well in the book, other well-known authors do not. To read the review, click me.
As reported in the December 2012 issue of the Lewis Carroll Society (UK)’s Bandersnatch, there is a new boutique at 14 Cecil Court in London called Alice Through the Looking Glass. (It’s right next door to well-known Carrollian rare book dealer Marchpane.) The founders of the boutique say they were inspired to start the business when they learned of the recent discovery of some draft designs for an “Alice” chess set by illustrator John Tenniel. They offer a couple of picture of the expensive, limited-edition set on their web site, along with teasing images of other Alice items. Sadly there are no conversations to go along with the pictures, so after visiting their web site, if you don’t happen to be in London, you’ll have to contact them directly for more information about what they actually have for sale! But at least you can see a couple of teasing glimpses of the chess set, if you’re curious. Or curiouser.
To visit their site, click me.
One of our West Coast mimsy minions reports that Trader Joe’s carries Babble Wine, made exclusively for them by “a renowned vintner” (who apparently shall remain nameless) from Mendocino County. The label sports Tenniel’s image of The Mouse’s Tale. So, if you drink want and want a little touch of Wonderland at your table, look for it at your local Trader Joe’s. To read more about it, click me.
Note: This wine may not be available at all Trader Joe’s locations.