What's New with our Traveling Theater
We're Headed to . . . . !
Kiddie Magic-Lantern Show for Young Children
shows at The Singapore International Children's Festival
were unexpectedly advertised for ages 2 and up, so we unexpectedly found ourselves
with audiences that were much younger than those we usually perform
for. Making a virtue of necessity, on the spot we created a new version
of our Sea Show for very young children. We performed it twice
a day for a week, to enthusiastic applause. Building on that
success, we now offer a new Kiddie
Show, especially for ages 3-5. It features such classic Victorian
stories for young children as "Alice in Wonderland," plus songs like "Old
McDonald" and "Row, Row Your Boat," and, of course, lots
of hilarious animated comics. Our recent performances of it at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C. were a smash success.
American History Show for School Matinees
Our American History Show for theater matinees is packing them in. We had 3,000 students come to see the show in tiny Dallas, NC, largely due to the marketing genius of Jeff Pruett, our host at the Gaston County Museum. We've studied his marketing techniques, and are now ready to duplicate his success anywhere in the country. The show is particularly appropriate for elementary students, as it ties directly to state Social Studies Curriculum Standards. For details, click here.
We're pleased to announce that our traveling theater has been accepted to The Artist
Roster of the Connecticut Commission
on Culture and Tourism which makes us available for Commission funding in the
Connecticut, and consequently for funding throughout New England through The
New England Foundation on the Arts. We really appreciate the support
of these organizations! If you're not in New England we may be able
to help with Humanities Council funding elsewhere. Call or email.
Completed on two Books
Terry has finally completed Before the Movies: American Magic-Lantern Shows and the Nation's First Great Screen Artist, Joseph Boggs Beale, and a rough draft of a companion book, Cinema
Before Film: Victorian Magic Lantern Shows and America's First Great
Screen Artist, Joseph Boggs Beale.
The first book, Before the Movies, is a scholarly reference book, detailing all of Beale's 2086 lantern slides, and comparing Beale with his peers.
The second book, Cinema Before Film, is for the general public and should
be completed in another two years. It will show the continuity of cinema
art, from the magic-lantern to the movies, with special emphasis on
the work of Beale, whose slides are featured in our shows. The book
is written for anyone interested in the movies, using a lively style
that draws upon our experiences giving shows as well as 19th century
material. But it also contains extensive notes for scholars, since much
that it discusses has not been written about before. To request information
on publication, click here. Now available
as an illustrated lecture.
As more people gain an understanding of the critical role of magic-lantern
shows in the early history of cinema, we are getting more and more
attention from organizations interested in film. Bookings in the past,
or coming up include:
- Lincoln Center, Reel to Real Series, New York, NY
- American Society of Cinephiles -- Hollywood, CA
- Maryland Film Festival -- Baltimore, MD
- Egyptian Theatre, American Cinematheque -- Hollywood,
- Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH
- Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
- Domitor Early Film Conference, Montreal, Canada
- Catamont Film Center, St. Johnsbury, VT
- Coolidge Theater, Boston, MA
- Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY
For some of these performances we simply do one of our shows,
with a little additional commentary. For others we add our illustrated
lecture, Cinema Before Film,
based on the book of that title that Terry is working on.
Request book ordering information.