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Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 12:25:51 EDT
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bil Baird's "Alice"


Well, thanks for the segue. I will be leading a workshop at the P of A  
National Festival in Atlanta in July entitled "Stuff I Learned From Bil" where 
I  hope to share some of my experiences. Olga Felgemacher is one of  the 
contributors to that presentation, and I was on the  "Alice" tour which 
included Hutchinson where you came out after  the show with us.
 
     -Steven->



In a message dated 4/26/2009 9:30:03 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
dhpuppet-AT-aol.com writes:

I had  the pleasure of seeing 'Alice' in Hutchinson Kansas when it was on 
tour for  the mid America Arts Alliance in 76 or 77 I worked for Trotter 
Brosthers  Productions in Wichita at the time and we all went to see the show. 
We went  out to eat with the puppeteers after the show and Olga Felgamocker 
and I were  talking about college, I mentioned the name of one of my theater 
professors  who really respected puppetry and it turned out she went to 
college with him  and had a huge crush on him. Small world. I also remember that 
one of the  puppeteers had the Mad Hatter ad lib to Alice as she left the 
mad tea party to  come back later for liquor little girl. Not the best thing 
to say in what was  a dry town in the bible belt. I would love to hear some 
war stories about your  days with Baird, I'm sure many interesting things 
occurred during  performances. I also remember the performance of Davy Jones 
Locker at the P of  A Festival when the mermaid I think it was got stuck in 
the treasure chest.  


-----Original Message-----
From: Widerman-AT-aol.com
To:  puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Sent: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 12:29 am
Subject: Re:  [Puptcrit] Bil Baird's "Alice"



I was in that production of  Alice playing minor characters as I was the  
newest member of the  company. My roles included a card painting a tree, 
the  
Executioner,  the rod puppet version of Alice and the rod puppet version of 
the   White Rabbit. 

There was a dormouse in Alice, which was a hand puppet.  If you worked a  
marionette mouse, that was one of two mice from  "Winnie the Pooh," which 
moved 
beautifully. Incidentally, the mice were  voiced by Carly Simon and her  
sister Lucy Simon in a recording made  long before they became famous (Lucy 
is 
an  opera singer.) All the  voices at Bil's theater were live except for 
the 
songs,  which were  pre-recorded.

-Steven->



In a  message dated 4/25/2009 12:27:25 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,   
hobeyone-AT-gmail.com writes:

What a  cool story Steven. I saw  "Alice" in 1976.  Were you in  that
production?  I got to  try the mouse which was a thrill.  (  or was the
mouse in   Pooh?)  Was the show prerecorded? I   have attached a  sketch
I made that day.  It is photoshopped slightly  for  clarity.

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