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Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 16:23:07 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bil Baird's "Alice"


You had to bring up that memory.  Mistakes always seem to be made in 
front of other puppeteers.  Yes, I was the puppeteer doing 
Miranda.  While in the chest, one of her strings got wedged around a 
hinge.   Nothing I could do would free her.  I don't know if the 
other puppeteers were just letting my suffer :-P, but they were just 
saying their lines as if nothing was wrong.  Finally Peter Baird had 
his puppet push the chest to the side of the stage, where our stage 
manager was able to free the string.  Of course, I felt totally 
embarrassed, but that's show biz...

Susan


At 09:29 AM 4/26/2009, you wrote:
>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 Davey 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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