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Christmas Carol

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The Magic City

Chicago, IL

001 Sarah Fornace and Jeffrey Paschal in The Magic City Photo by Chuck Osgood

The Magic City

Manual Cinema has adapted Edith Nesbit’s 1910 novel “The Magic City” for a live, cinematic shadow puppet show. Using overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, actors on camera and live music, Manual Cinema’s adaptation of The Magic City updates the novel with a modern retelling.

The Magic City tells the story of nine-year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature structures out of books, toys, and other found objects from around her house. One day, her older sister (and only legal guardian) Helen announces that she is engaged to marry, and the two go to live at the mansion of Helen’s fiancé, Brandon. Left alone in her vast new home, forced to make friends with her annoying stepbrother Lucas, Philomena secludes herself in the attic where she builds the biggest miniature city she’s ever made. Later that night, Philomena wakes up to discover that his city has come alive. As she steps through the city gates, her adventure begins.

Magic City is for ages 5+.

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Chicago, IL

Harris Theater

19 Mar

Sat @ 2 pm

Conceived by Manual Cinema
Based on the novel by Edith Nesbit
Devised by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Julia Miller
Written by Drew Dir

Lead commissioning support for Manual Cinema’s The Magic City provided by the Chicago Children’s Theatre. The Magic City premiered at the Chicago Children’s Theater in January, 2017.

Commissioning and Support

CCT White Logo 2020
Henson award

Credits

Conceived by Manual Cinema

Based on the novel by Edith Nesbit

Devised by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Julia Miller

Written by Drew Dir

PRODUCTION

Storyboards by Drew Dir

Art Direction and Puppets by Lizi Breit and Drew Dir

Music and Lyrics by Ben Kauffman

Sound Design by Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter

Costumes and Wigs by Mieka van der Ploeg

Miniatures by Andrea Everman

Shadow Masks by Julia Miller

Cat Puppet by Sam Deutsch and Julia Miller

Lighting Design by Claire Chrzan

Stage Manager Kate Hardiman

Production Manager Mike Usrey

Puppetry Build Interns Nicole Nienow and Jacky Kelsey

Puppeteers

Sarah Fornace (Philomena)

Jeffrey Paschal (Lucas)

Julia Miller (Helen)

Linsey Falls (Brandon)

Musicians

Alex Babbitt (Keyboard, Flute, Vocals)

Maren Celest (Narration, Vocals, Live Sound Effects, Ukulele)

Ben Kauffman (Guitar, Percussion, Vocals)

Understudies

Lily Emerson (Helen)

Drew Dir (Puppeteer)


Sima Cunningham (Vocals, Live SFX)

Ayanna Woods (Guitar, Percussion, Vocals)

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