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**IMPORTANT NOTICE: Since the event is completely sold-out, we ask that ticket-holders arrive promptly at 7:00 PM. At 7:15 PM, all unclaimed tickets will be released to those on our wait list on a first come-first served basis. If you are on the wait list and would like to come, please try to arrive early to ensure your seat!
The Wonder Show is pleased to offer two unique magic lantern performances exploring Providence’s rich historical heritage on May 18th and 19th at 7:00 PM at 95 Empire Street (doors open at 7:00 PM and the performance will start at 7:30 PM). The Providence Public Library’s special collections have preserved thousands of photographs documenting life in Providence at the turn of the century. These snapshots – many of which have never been seen before – offer a glimpse into the city’s history both familiar and strange. Now the general public will be able to experience these photographs through a form of popular entertainment distinct to the time of their creation: the Magic Lantern Show.
The Wonder Show will project these photographs using an authentic magic lantern: an early slide projector that educated and entertained audiences before the beginning of cinema. As the photographs are projected, local artists and residents -- ranging in ages from ten to eighty -- will perform stories and live music inspired by the images.
Performers participating in the magic lantern show include: Laura Brown-Lavoie, Cyrus Leddy, Matthew Lawrence, Mary Wilson, Faye Thompson, Linda FitzGerald, Michael Turner, Leigh Waldron-Taylor, Selma Fischman, Wanda Rickerby, Bunny Bronson, Liza Cochran, and Walker Mettling.
For more information, contact email@example.com or visit www.thewondershow.org.
The Wonder Show is supported by Providence Provision, The Creative Arts Council at Brown University, and the Rhode Council for the Humanities.