From our elevator buddy Jenna comes this link to something I’ve never seen, but is way cool. A 1954 TV version of Alice on the Kraft Television Theatre, featuring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Interesting that they are involved as they were also on the Disney TV show One Hour in Wonderland on Christmas 1950 that promoted the soon-to-be-released Disney animated film. Share and enjoy!
Josh Sobel and crew of “The Forks & Hope Ensemble” have previously mounted showings of Snark in Chicago as mentioned here. But now they are taking their show on the road, all the way to Fringe in Edinburgh! Check out their trailer below. And if you want to help them get to Fringe, visit their campaign page where you can see the full trailer and donate.
Details of their Fringe appearance (wish I could go)
What: The Hunting of the Snark
Who: The Forks & Hope Ensemble, originally produced by Strawdog Theatre
Where: Greenside Theatre at Nicolson Square, Downstairs (Venue 209)
When: 11:30AM on August 11, 12, 13,14, 15
Tickets: £8 (£6 concession, £24 family price)
From our good friends at the Cassady Collection at USC (hosts of our Fall Meeting 2013) comes this entry to their annual Wonderland Award. Quite stunning. You can see the entire collection of videos uploaded by the Wonderland Awards on their YouTube channel here.
Seems like all the coolest Alice theatre is happening in Britain…including this intriguing adaptation with a WWI spin. And puppets! Click me to get all the details.
Oh to be in Brighton next month. Probably of more interest to our compatriots across the pond, this sounds wonderful. I hope at some point there will be a DVD available. From their page: “It features a cast of just two human performers, a dozen colourful handmade puppets and a beautiful set that unfolds from a vintage trunk, alongside a magical soundtrack of original music composed especially for the show. From the surprising appearance of the Cheshire Cat to the madness of the Tea Party, this is a constantly inventive and refreshing take on Carroll’s classic work.” Click me for full details.
One 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.
For more information and tickets, click me.
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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If 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!
My 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:
According 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.
For more information, click me.