Feedly recently offered me links to information about a new musical version of Through the Looking-Glass with music by Piers Chater Robinson, and book & lyrics by Chris Blackwood, available for licensing to theatres. Even if you’re not a producer, you might enjoy checking out the twelve songs in the score, and seeing how the writers have apportioned the roles. To read and listen, click me.
TIP: If you don’t already know about Feedly, it’s a great (and free!) way to collect all the feeds you subscribe to from various web sites. It’s a distinct improvement over the now-defunct Google Reader. I use it to collect data feeds from various Carroll-related sites all in one handy place, and the interface is great whether you’re on a pc or a tablet.
Attention, New York area theatre and Carroll lovers! The widely praised immersive theatrical dance experience Then She Fell, presented by Third Rail Projects, has now extended its run in Brooklyn through October 27th. Characters for this surreal adventure set in a hospital ward include Alice and also Lewis Carroll, and their relationship is the focus of the piece. If you want to attend, be sure to buy your tickets in advance: only 15 audience members are allowed at each performance! If you loved Sleep No More (a brilliant “don’t miss” mash-up of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the classic book/film Rebecca), then here’s an equally-well-reviewed piece with a Carrollian theme. Then She Fell plays Tuesdays-Sundays at 7:30pm and 10:30pm, and runs two hours. If you have already seen the production, please leave us a comment to let us all know what you thought!
To read more about the Then She Fell, click me.
And here is a video about the creation of the piece, from Brooklyn Independent Television:
What if a series of puzzling crimes was being committed in Victorian London, and the only man to solve the mystery was Sherlock Holmes? What, then, if he had to travel through the looking-glass, where logic doesn’t exist, to do it? That’s the intriguing premise of the new play Sherlock Through the Looking-Glass by the ambitious California theatre troupe known as the Porters of Hellsgate. The show opens on August 16, 2013 for a six week run. And admit it: the poster art is pretty cool. To read more, click me.
One of our Mimsy Minions alerted us to this item: composer Will Todd (who wrote the Queen’s Jubilee anthem, among other things) has composed a family-oriented opera inspired by Alice’s adventures. He notes that it’s not a literal adaptation, more like a single adventure with Alice and some of the familiar characters.
The opera premiered this July in Holland Park, so we will have to see if more productions follow! To read more about the piece, click me.
And here’s a review of the production in London’s Holland Park.
The Metropolitan Museum in NYC is hosting the U.S. Premiere of a 1 hour 45-minute version of Alice in Wonderland performed by the world-famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre as a holiday treat this December.
Performances are Saturday, December 14 at 2pm and Sunday, December 15th at 3pm. Tickets are $60 for Adults, and $30 for children. For more information, click the image or click here.
To see a slideshow of the marionette designs, click here.
If you are a regular reader of our blog, you already know that LCSNA member Daniel Singer has written a playful two-character comedy depicting a fictional encounter between Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens, and that the play’s premiere in NC was part of our Spring meeting this year.
I’m happy to announce that the play is now receiving its West Coast premiere, at the Actors Co-op in Hollywood, CA. Daniel is involved with the production behind the scenes, and it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The production runs only July 19-28. If you’re in the area, I’d suggest you buy your tickets now, before they are all sold out!
To learn more, click the image or click here.
I’ve just learned about this production, which runs only this weekend. If anyone is able to attend, please send a paragraph to tell us about it!
Here’s the press release:
“Asheville, NC – North Carolina Stage Company presents a special event production of a new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, based on the novel by Lewis Carroll and adapted by Jessica Lewis. The production is performed by students from the Professional Youth Actor Training program and are directed by teacher Michael MacCauley, a well-known professional local actor who performs regularly at NC Stage. Performances of Alice in Wonderland are June 27-30, 2013 at NC Stage’s theatre in downtown Asheville.
The students presenting Alice in Wonderland are completing a two-year training with Mr. MacCauley, and this fully-realized production is the culminating event in their training. The Professional Youth Actor Training program is designed to train young artists who are interested in a serious and deep study of the craft of acting. Students audition for the program and are provided a level of training that is modeled after undergraduate and graduate theatre programs of the highest caliber. In NC Stage’s classes students study various acting techniques, voice and speech, movement, stage combat, Alexander Technique, auditioning, improvisation, contemporary plays, and Shakespeare.
Alice in Wonderland stars Hannah Barilovits, Hannah Bruce, Kiana Crosby, Emily Haaksma, Daisy Homolka, Tess Miller, Sophie Mills, and Kelsey Sutton.
Alice in Wonderland is far more than an exhibition for family and friends: the production is the conclusion of a lengthy rehearsal process and utilizes some of the best designers in Asheville, who are generously donating their time and talent to the project. Designers include Deborah Austin – costumes, Jessica Kammerud – props, Jared Stover – sound, and Catori Swann – lights and set.
Alice in Wonderland runs June 27-30 with Thursday-Saturday performances at 7:30 and a 2:00 Sunday matinee. All performances are at North Carolina Stage Company’s theatre at 15 Stage Lane. Tickets are $10 with proceeds benefiting NC Stage’s education programming, and are available at www.ncstage.org or (828) 239-0263.”
News from London-town! The Iris Theatre will be presenting two Carrollian productions in coming months, performed at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. Click the links below for more information about these performances:
Alice in Wonderland
July 30-August 31st
And for one night only:
The Hunting of the Snark
If you attend either of these, please do send us a paragraph telling us about the production. Thanks!
The recent Strawdog Theatre Company production of The Hunting of the Snark has softly and suddenly vanished away, but Josh Sobel, the production’s director and the company’s literary manager, just sent me this link to their rave review. Who knows, maybe this Snark will surface again, in Chicago, NY, or at a theatre near you!
If you attended our Spring 2013 meeting in Winston-Salem, NC, then you already know LCSNA member Daniel Singer’s new play about a fictional meeting between Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens was warmly received. In case you missed it, you can read a glowing review here. Congratulations, Dan! We look forward to more productions of this play.