So great news for Carrollians, the larger world is starting to notice that this year is the 150th anniversary of AAIW. And what better way to start than with a nice article in the New York Times.
Our good friend and past-president of the UK Lewis Carroll Society has created a centralized site for all items pertaining to the 150th anniversary celebration of our favorite book. Updated daily, this site is must see TV – or something like that Invaluable resource to be sure.
This just in: The Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston is mounting a new Alice musical. Starting last Friday and running weekends through November 16th, tickets available here. From their press release:
This new adaptation sends us on a fantastical coming of age adventure. Alice, relying on her wit and empathy, must negotiate the seemingly arbitrary rules of polite society; the tea parties, the poetry recitals, the croquet matches, and the important dates with royalty. In this distorted adult world of Wonderland, will Alice retain her dreams when pressured by the capricious nature of conformity?
This new musical adaptation of the stories “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice through the Looking Glass” by Stoneham local, Andrew Barbato, offers a fresh musical perspective on the satirical vignettes drawn up by Lewis Carroll. Barbato, who has graced local stages as an actor, has been writing plays since he was a teen. “WFT has been an instrumental force in my artistic development and I feel lucky to have been mentored by founding members Jane Staab and Susan Kosoff,” says Andrew. “Places like WFT replenish my soul and remind me that the journey is much richer than the destination.
A nice review of the show appeared in the Boston Globe on Oct 22nd.
This sounds fun for Halloween (my fave natch). The town of Cedartown, GA will be puttin’ on a show, with a holiday theme accentuating its inate Alice-ness.
Cedartown residents have the chance next month to be tricked and treated to an original theatrical production written, directed and starring hometown folks. A cast of more than 60 local actors and actresses will perform “Alice in Nightmareland” on Saturday, Oct. 18. Showtimes are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission.
Described as an Alice-in-Wonderland-meets-Tim-Burton performance, the show director, Roland Chandler, describes it as a family event. “It’s kind of a creepy but fun show with lots of laughter. Definitely a family-friendly show. It’s not like a gory spook house, it’s a great plot with great actors.”
If you live in the area, this sounds like great fun. Go, and tell us all about it!
Some of you may have seen this picture floating about on Facebook last week. Now all of the Books About Town BookBenches will be auctioned off for charity on October 7th – just 5 days from now! Get yourself the Alice bench and you’ll be the envy of Carrollians everywhere.
Starting tomorrow and ending November 2nd, Upended Productions is remounting its interactive Alice show in the Chicago suburb of Andersonville. As their website puts it
“Taking place over an entire city block in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, this ambulatory, multi-disciplinary show doesn’t seek to retell the story of Alice in Wonderland (that’s been done and done again) but, instead, gives the audience the opportunity to BE Alice.”
Originally produced in 2004, this new production looks to be better than ever. Weekends starting at 1p and running every 15 minutes. Tickets here. Part of Chicago Artists Month.
Just listed at Complete Auctions, original illustration of Carroll from Reader’s Digest. Bid before Thursday and it could be yours!
The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT is planning a series of Alice-themed children’s events throughout the month of October, including Alice crafts every Sunday, a Queen of Hearts baking contest, and a workshop on how to play croquet. Visit this page for details.
This fall (or autumn as our UK friends would say) the city of Sunderland in the UK will be mounting their light show Sunderland Illuminations, from Sep 27 – Nov 2. As in previous years, a large part of the extravaganza will feature Alice themed displays. If your are in the neighbo(u)rhood, stop by and take some photos!