Another Burlesque Alice in Wonderland This April in Seattle

Wonderland BurlesqueOne of our mimsy minions reports the citing of another burlesque performance inspired by the Alice books.  This one is called Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland, presented by performer/producers Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann. The show runs April 16-19th at the Triple Door Theatre in Seattle, WA.

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BalletMet in Columbus Ohio Presents Alice in Wonderland Ballet

BalletMet WonderlandOne of our mimsy minions reports that BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, will be remounting their 2006 production of Alice in Wonderland, choreographed by current Artistic Director Gerard Charles.  The show runs from February 7-15, 2014.

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Annual San Francisco DIVAFest Has Queen of Hearts Theme

Carroll's Queen of Hearts

Carroll’s Queen of Hearts

DIVAFest, a San Francisco-based organization that promotes opportunities for women in creative fields, is holding their 13th annual fundraising gala on Wednesday, 2/19 , with a “Queen of Hearts” theme, tying into both Valentine’s Day and the Alice books.  The festivities are scheduled to include a sneak peek of a show provocatively titled “At The White Rabbit Burlesque,” along with excerpts from other projects.  The web site promises that the burlesque includes appearances by a number of Carrollian characters.

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A New Full-Length Alice Opera

For fans of Alice and classical music, here’s news via LCSNA member C.M. Rubin about a new full-length Alice opera. Composer (and opera singer) Dr. Gary Bachlund has created two one act operas, one for Wonderland and one for Looking-Glass, that can be performed separately or together.  Wouldn’t it be nice to see someone produce this during the upcoming Alice150 festivities in NYC in 2015?

To read the interview, click me.

And here’s a bit of the score.  (If the video doesn’t load, try refreshing this page in your browser.)

Alice and Caterpillar Scene With Marionettes and Shadow Puppets

Marionette Alice and CaterpillarIf you’re a fan of the various forms of puppetry, here’s a version of the Caterpillar scene from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as performed by a trio of puppeteers who also work at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Manhattan’s Central Park.  For this clip, they use both marionettes and shadow puppets.  If the video doesn’t appear below, try reloading this page.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Gorgeous Images from a Stunning Looking Glass Production in Moscow

Petr Fomenko Looking GlassMy thanks to artist and LCSNA member (and mimsy minion) Tania Ianovskaia for this description of a stunning recent production of Alice Through the Looking Glass in Moscow.  We appreciate this information, Tania!  Now, if only there could be a film of that production, or a tour of it in other countries.  The imagery is simply wonderful.

“The premiere of the performance “Alisa v Zazerkalie” (Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll ) held in  the Studio – Theater of Petr Fomenko took place in 2010. It became one of the best and most beloved performances of the theater. The Director of the show was of Macedonian heritage. Ivan Popovsky created an unforgettable dynamic, resulting in a merry and at the same time magic performance which lasted more than three hours. But nobody noticed how time flew as they watched – children and adults alike were delighted. The remarkable costumes were created by Serbian designer Angelina Atlagich and fairy tale set design was created by the group of talented visual artists called Artists  Union, with the  director  among them .  The lighting of the set , modern  use of projections and  dynamic music  created the unforgettable atmosphere of the performance based on Carroll’s Looking Glass.
Some info about Petr Fomenko – Ever since the founding of his theatre in 1988, Petr Fomenko  has been known for his experimental productions, which used to take place in a run-down old cinema house.
In 2008, Fomenko moved his troupe into fancy new digs overlooking the Moscow River – a marble and glass beauty built by architect Sergei Gnedovsky. Petr Fomenko passed away 9 August 2012 at the age of 80 .”
The selection of photos provided will give you an impression of what was going on stage:

NY Theatre Ballet to Reprise Alice in Wonderland Follies for Two Performances

Alice FolliesAccording to Broadway World online, NY Theatre Ballet will offer two encore performances of their extremely popular family ballet, The Alice in Wonderland Follies.  The piece retells Carroll’s classic tale within the framework of a 1915 Vaudeville performance.  This clever ballet has proven to be a consistent hit with critics and audiences alike.  If you haven’t already seen it, NY Theatre Ballet is giving you another two chances in 2014: January 25th and January 26th in Manhattan.

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Alice Pantomime Plays to Sellout Crowds in New Jersey

Wotcha PantomimeLCSNA member C.M. Rubin interviewed producer/writer Gareth Jones about Wotcha! Gotcha! A Very British Pantomime that played last week to sellout crowds in Maplewood, NJ.  Billed as “A Ridiculous Romp Through Victorian London,” the family-oriented show combined a host of favorite Victorian-era characters both real and fictional, served up in the tradition of classic (and highly interactive) British pantomime performances.  Given the show’s popularity, perhaps they will bring it back again for next year’s holiday season!

To read the interview in the Huffington Post, click me.

Carroll’s Christmas Greetings Scored for Musicians and Singer

Here’s a special holiday treat from composer and Lewis Carroll fan Carson Braun, in Germany.  He has set Carroll’s  Christmas Greetings From a Fairy to a Child to music, and created a lovely video.  Singer Bastian Korff has a beautiful pop voice, and Braun himself provides the instrumentation and backing vocals.  Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!  (If the video does not appear below, try reloading the page.  Or, you can view it by clicking here.  It is a large file, so it may take a few moments to load fully.  It’s worth the wait.)

If you read German, you can learn more about these artists on their web sites:

Carsten Braun

Bastian Korff

Another Rave Review for “A Perfect Likeness” Play About Carroll and Dickens

A Perfect Likeness PosterIf you’ve been following this blog, then you are already aware that talented LCSNA member Daniel Singer has written a crowd-pleasing play about a fictional meeting between two literary lions, Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens.

The play A Perfect Likeness has just opened in L.A. for a run through December 22nd.

To read the rave review on Broadway World, click me.