File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 487


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 23:47:55 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bil Baird's "Alice"


That was my first public performance with?The Adding Machine. I was in the third cast that went onto ?the perform the show in Atlanta Washington DC and the First Jim Henson Festival off Broadway. It was an incredible experience. Mike and Larry revived the show about six years ago before moving to Saugatuck Michigan and are doing a new smaller version of it this summer with Mike playing Mrs Zero. I hope to get up to see it. It was really a beautifully designed show. I remember seeing it on opening night in Chicago and just praying that Mike would let me be in it if he needed cast replacements. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Susan Wall Kronenberg <susan-AT-carouselpuppets.com>
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Sent: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 5:36 pm
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bil Baird's "Alice"



You did The Adding Machine?!?  I loved that show!!

Susan



At 05:18 PM 4/27/2009, you wrote:
>I remember sitting there just amazed thinking my God mistakes happen 
>in a Bil Baird show my God their human too. wow! But seriously Susan 
>I loved the show. Earlier that week Mary Susan Macrae and I were 
>walking by the stage as you were taking a break and there was 
>Miranda and the little boy and I said to Mary Susan? the earliest 
>memory of Television I have was seeing the fishbone wishbone scene 
>on the Ed Sullivan Show in Black and White and Mary Susan turned to 
>me and said me too with a tear rolling down her cheek. God Bless Bil 
>Cora and Peter master showman all.
>
>By the way the next night in during The Adding Machine?I sent Mister 
>Zero off to his re birth [ via a huge burst of flash powder] about a 
>page and half of dialouge too soon. OOPS!
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Susan Wall Kronenberg <susan-AT-carouselpuppets.com>
>To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
>Sent: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 3:23 pm
>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
> >me
ntioned 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.
> >
> >[ Attachment:
> >http://lists.puptcrit.org/pipermail/
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> >0bb9/attachment.jpe
> >]
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