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Words For Review
by Lanny Parks
One of the most beloved children’s stories of
the last century-and-a half is
Alice in Won-
, published in 1865. The author was
a thirty-year old scholar at Christ Church
College at Oxford. He is probably one of the
least likely persons to have written such a
perennially favorite fantasy.
Lewis Carroll, whose given name was
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was a profes-
sor of mathematics, a brilliant logician, a
master of algebra and geometry, as well as
an inventor, and a philosopher. He excelled
in puzzle-making, and created ‘syzygies’,
puzzles of logic and word play. His facility
with words made him a natural author of a
dozen books on mathematics and mathe-
matical thinking; it also inspired him to write
poetry and satire.
His life was challenging. He suffered from
chronic migraines, originally diagnosed as
epilepsy. He had a life-long stammer, deaf-
ness in one ear, and what is now thought
to be ADHD. His interest in science caused
him to obtain a microscope, through which
he watched organisms travel on his slides
at ‘railway’ speed. That may also have led
to his interest in photography, which he
considered making his profession. His well-
known portrait photographs of such notable
figures as Alfred Lord Tennyson caused him
to consider opening a studio and giving up
the teaching of mathematics.
On July 4, 1862, during a Thames River out-
ing he first related his ‘story’ to the young
daughters of Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ
Church College. Alice and her sisters Lorina
and Edith were entranced by the tale, and
Alice is reputed to have asked him to write
it down for her. He eventually did, and pre-
sented her with a manuscript in November
of 1864. Since its general publication the
following year it has never been out-of-print.
This weekend The Garfield Center for the
Arts at the Prince Theater will be presenting
Alice in Wonderland by the 2018 Playmak-
ers. These 36 young thespians-in-training,
led by an incredibly talented staff of direc-
tors, coaches, and assistants, have been
working for four weeks, not only learning
lines but also the mechanics of every aspect
of theater production. They have had a hand
in set design and creation, costume making,
make-up application, and choreography.
Their ongoing education in stagecraft really
does allow them to participate in every part
of their production.
Playmakers is a massive undertaking. The
players themselves range in age from 8-15,
and some of the assistants are as young as
16. There is as much choreography in lead-
ing this diverse group as there is in what you
will see on the stage by the actors them-
selves. I have watched in awe and admira-
tion as the ‘organized chaos’ has morphed
into a credible theatrical experience. I sus-
pect that the leaders - Tess Hogans, Cath-
erine Bushby, and Bryan Betley - sleep very
well at night, their patience and energy to-
tally drained by the end of each day.
Many of the younger players are having
their first experience of theater, while some
of the older ones have been participants for
many years. The assistants are very familiar
with the process, some of them having only
‘aged out’ of the acting program since last
summer. Their enthusiasm for the theater is
contagious, and their young charges have
caught it.
Lewis Carroll wrote his children’s books to
entertain and delight children rather than
to teach them the moral lessons that were
the purpose for the other books that were
published and marketed for children at
that time. An annotated edition of Alice in
Wonderland will introduce adult readers to
a great many ‘hidden’ aspects of the story
and its characters, but for the sheer enter-
tainment of it, I hope you will visit the Gar-
field this weekend. Performances Friday
and Saturday evenings at 7 and a Sunday
matinee at 3 are all free, so treat your inner
child and your children and grandchildren to
a delightful theater experience.
Comm. Events
Through August 11th - Queen Anne’s
County Fair at QAC 4-H Park, 100 Dulin
Clark Rd., Centreville; Livestock, rodeo,
exhibits, contests, Chips program, demos,
auctions, dog agility, pedal pull, chainsaw
carving, magician, fashion, entertainment,
tricycle races, games, jousting, talent
show, baby contest, corn hole, truck/trac-
tor race, nightly dinner and much more;
Through August 13th 9am-4pm - YMCA
Preschool Camps for ages 3-1/2 to 5 years
at Kent School, Wilkins Lane, Chester-
town; Specialty camps for ages 5-12; Call
Through August 31st - Juried Photog-
raphy Show “The Soul of Photography”
and Extraordinary Journeys Exhibit at
Chestertown RiverArts, 315 High St.,
Suite 106, Chestertown; For info on this
and upcoming shows, call 410-778-6300;
Through Sept. 4th - Call to artists who live,
work or sell their art in Talbot County to
register for the October Art Exhibit to cele-
brate the 50th anniversary of the MD State
Arts Council and the 40th anniversary of
the Talbot County Arts Council; Register at
Through Sept. 30th - “Endless Summer”
Exhibit at A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Tal-
bot St., St. Michaels; Fri & Sat 10am-6pm,
Sun & Mon 10am-3pm; Working Artists Fo-
Every Wed 2pm-6pm & Sat 9am-1pm
through Oct. 27 - Centreville Farmer’s Mar-
ket at 611-631 Railroad Ave., Centreville
Plaza next to QAC High School; Plenty of
free, convenient parking; Hosted by Cent-
reville Plaza, LLC in partnership with Acme
Markets; Call 410-758-1180.
Every Thurs 3:30pm-6:30pm - Kent Is-
land Farmer’s Market, 830 Romancoke
Rd., Stevensville; Variety of foods, herbs
& much more; Credit cards accept-
ed; Runs all year; Call 410-643-3283;
Every Sat 8am-12pm - Chestertown
Farmer’s Market in Fountain Park; Fresh
homegrown produce, herbs, breads,
soaps, plants, cut flowers, artisans, craft-
ers, alpaca products, and much more;
Wed, August 8th - Needlecrafters and Mid
Shore Dance Academy at Kent County
Public Library, 408 High St., Chester-
town; Aug. 9th Storytime, Veterans Out-
reach; Aug. 10th The Page Turners, Film
Ferdinand, Tech Question Answered,
Live Animal Encounter; Aug. 13th Live
Animal Encounter, Veterans Outreach,
Movie; Aug. 14th League of Women Vot-
ers, Storytime, Chess Club, FKCPL Board
Meeting; Aug. 15th Needlecrafters, Live
Animal Encounter; Aug. 16th Story-
time, Writers Group; Call 410-778-3636;
Wed, August 8th - For the Pastelist at
Academy Art Museum, 114 N. Washington
St., Easton; Aug. 11th Mixed Media, Com-
position in Nature; Aug. 13th Open Mic,
Making Process Art, Sketchbook Journal;
Aug. 16th Watercolor; Call 410-822-2787.
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