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Thursday, November 10, 2011

SL ART & LITERATURE: The Avatar Repertory Theater goes THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS


After a hugely successful production of Alice in WonderSLand, the Avatar Repertory Theater (ART) continues their tradition of pushing the boundaries of creativity and what’s possible in virtual worlds. On Saturday, November 12 at 3pm, ART brings Lewis Carroll’s characters to life in a new production of Through the Looking Glass based on Carroll’s sequel work to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  View the You Tube Trailer, and get a taste of the magic and mischief that ART has prepared for audiences.  


Curiouser and curiouser, through the looking-glass, where things look the same, only the things go the other way. . . . Twas brillig, and Alice finds herself moving through a large chessboard, where the Red Queen gives her lessons in royalty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee battle and rattle, Humpty Dumpty sits on a wall, and the Red and White Knight try to fight for her.

The new production takes its visual inspiration from the original artwork of John Tenniel and integrates lively animations, original costumes, and a fresh musical score based on familiar nursery rhymes.  ART certainly could not be hanging their creative hats on more fertile ground.  Tenniel was the principal political cartoonist for England’s Punch magazine for over 50 years, and those wry visual commentaries on his country and the times are an intrinsic part of the period’s social, literary, and art histories.  Tenniel’s work on both of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books stands side-by-side with Ernest H. Shepard, (Interpreting Kenneth Grahame and A.A. Milne) John Leech (Dicken’s A Christmas Carol), and others as the creators of definitive illustrative works of classic literature.  They are some of my favorite works of their times.

Through the Looking Glass is planned for eight public performances on the Grid ending December 11th. Directed by MadameThespian Underhill, the production features a cast of some of the finest actors currently plying their craft in SL.  ART functions as a traditional theatrical company, where members of the troupe not only perform, but also work equally behind the pixels at all aspects of production.

To purchase tickets, go in-world to ART’s home in Cookie, locate the poster with the date of your choice and click to get a link to the Marketplace.  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cookie/201/206/21

Performance Dates:
- Saturday, November 12 at 3 pm
- Sunday, November 13 at 1pm   
- Friday, November 18 at 11 pm
- Sunday, November 20 at 1 pm
- Saturday, December 3 at 3 pm
- Sunday, December 4 at 1 pm
- Friday, December 9 at 11 pm
- Sunday, December 11 at 1 pm

All show times are Second Life Time (SLT or PST)
OPENING NIGHT RAFFLE!
Buy a ticket for the opening night of Avatar Repertory Theater's "Through the Looking Glass" on Saturday, November 12th and be entered to win one of the original avatars - TIGER LILY!

Avatar Repertory Theater can be found on the web at www.avatarrepertorytheater.org.




Avatar Repertory Theater http://www.avatarrepertorytheater.org is a project of New Media Arts, Inc., a nonprofit organization tax exempt under IRC 501(c)(3). 




~ Caledonia Skytower, Reporting
"Any ink is good ink, even if it is virtual"
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