Saturday, December 20, 2014

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Libraries

We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life
... and other virtual worlds
 CELEBRATING GREAT STORIES IN VIRTUAL WORLDS SINCE 2008!
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Events at Seanchai Libraries this week - all stories told in open voice, all times Pacific Time:

Sunday, December 21st Fezziwig's Ball, beginning at 11am on Imagination Island

Monday, December 22nd 

  • At NOON - @SEANCHAI KITELY in Winterworld HANUKKAH TALES with Caledonia
  • at 7 pm -  MAGIC AND OTHER STRANGE THINGS, with Gyro Muggins. TONIGHT: "A Science Fiction Argosy - Manna" Concludes


Tuesday, December 23rd at 7 pm  THE NIGHT BEFORE, THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS with the Seanchai Staff - one of our holiday traditions.

We will be dark through December 28th as our staff takes time to pause and be with their families and loved ones in RL. We'll be back with more stories Monday, December 29th. We wish you all delight-filled holidays, and a bright 2015.
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All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island in Second Life, unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life is sometimes.  

All sessions at the Seanchai Library (SL) are offered free to all Residents.  Guests at Second Life sessions are welcome to join us in donating to our featured charity Our featured charity for November-December is Heifer International (http://heifer.org).  Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

Have questions? IM or notecard Caledonia Skytower.

Friday, December 19, 2014

SATURDAY, December 20th at 9am: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Concludes

“Scrooge and the Ghost passed on, invisible, straight to Scrooge's clerk's; and on the threshold of the door the Spirit smiled, and stopped to bless Bob Cratchit's dwelling with the sprinklings of his torch. Think of that! Bob had but fifteen "Bob" a week himself; he pocketed on Saturdays but fifteen copies of his Christian name; and yet the Ghost of Christmas Present blessed his four-roomed house!”

Shandon and Cale pick up where they left Ebenezer Scroooge last week, on his ghostly journey of redemption; With the Ghost of Christmas Present, on the very threshold of self-discovery & the home of Bob Cratchit.

Join Shandon and Caledonia in #kitely, Saturday morning at 9am (Pacific) live in voice for the Conclusion of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

Seanchai Library - Kitely - Winterworld grid.kitely.com:8002:Inis Meain

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

THURSDAY, December 18th at 7PM: THE SCROOGE - Another Christmas Carol


THE SCROOGE - Another Christmas Carol
Scrooge & Cratchit Inc., run by Ebenezer Scrooge's great great grandson Edward, is on the brink of ruin. Edward is visited by Ebenezer to save the company and his own life from disaster.

Author: Ransom Backus
ASIN: B00HD1WZZW

PRESENTED IN LIVE VOICE

AND DON'T FORGET!  at 9pm SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT . . . 
Hanukkah Tales of Light & Faith with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WEDNESDAY, December 17th at 7PM: MIRACLE ON 34th STREET Concludes

WHAT?!  Santa Claus on trial?  Who'da Thunk it!  Hold the presses!

Tonight the exciting conclusion of Valentine Davies' classic tale of belief.  Since the beloved classic 1947 film was made based on Valentine Davies story, MIRACLE ON 34th STREET has been made a treasured part of holiday traditions by generations of believers in hope and goodwill.

“ Valentine Davies weaves such an impressive story that it will make the most skeptical child believe and it will make us that no longer can- wish we could. ”  

Presented Live in Voice by Caledonia Skytower.

Monday, December 15, 2014

TUESDAY, December 16th at 7PM: Truman Capote's A CHRISTMAS MEMORY

"A Christmas Memory" is a short story by Truman Capote. Originally published in Mademoiselle magazine in December 1956, it was reprinted in The Selected Writings of Truman Capote in 1963.

The largely autobiographical story, which takes place in the 1930s, describes a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend. The evocative narrative focuses on country life, friendship, and the joy of giving during the Christmas season, and it also gently yet poignantly touches on loneliness and loss.

Now a holiday classic, "A Christmas Memory" has been broadcast, recorded, filmed, and staged multiple times, in award-winning productions.

Faerie Maven-Pralou, live in voice.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

MONDAY, December 15th at 7PM: A SCIENCE FICTION ARGOSY


“Manna”
by Peter Phillips (1949)

DEE-LISH-OUS “Miracle Meal” is stolen by two inter-dimensional “ghosts” from a factory in England that is supplying Miracle Meal to 12th century refugees.  Time travel, and food?  What could be more universe shaking?


Gyro Muggins, Live in voice.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT 7PM: The Candlelight Processional

Our friends at Magicland Park are once more dusting off the choir robes and trimming the candlewicks for a beloved holiday tradition:

Magicland Park pays tribute to a Disneyland tradition that began in 1958, at the wish of Mr. Disney himself.  This holiday tradition takes place on Main Street U.S.A. and features a full Orchestra, Christmas Tree Chorus performing renditions of traditional Christmas songs and a retelling of the Christmas Story by a celebrity narrator.  In Magicland Park, the Candlelight Processional is narrated live by storyteller Caledonia Skytower.

NOTE: in 2013 the Disney Company updated the script of the Processional.  The Magicland version has not yet gone through this update and still uses the original 1958 script, some of whose language some might find dated in places.  We recommend that you appreciate the words as a reflection of the time in which they were written, not as a statement on where society is, or perhaps should be, today.

Presented live in voice and on stream.

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Libraries

We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life
... and other virtual worlds
 CELEBRATING GREAT STORIES IN VIRTUAL WORLDS SINCE 2008!
_____________________________________

Events at Seanchai Libraries this week - all stories told in open voice, all times Pacific Time:

Saturday, December 13th at 9am   @ SEANCHAI KITELY -  A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Part One with Shandon and Caledonia

Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th at 7pm   @ Magicland Park  - THE CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL - a tribute tot the Disneyland tradition of carols and the retelling of the Christmas Story, narrated by Caledonia Skytower.

Monday, December 15th at 7 pm -  WITCHES, MAGIC AND OTHER STRANGE THINGS, with Gyro Muggins. TONIGHT: "A Science Fiction Argosy"

Tuesday, December 16th at 7 pm  A CHRISTMAS MEMORY with Faerie Maven-Pralou

Wednesday, December 17th at 1pm and 6pm  HYPERGRID SAFARI & MOONLIGHT SAFARI Visit @ SEANCHAI KITELY for a Selection from A CHRISTMAS CAROL with Caledonia Skytower & Shandon Loring respectively.

Wednesday, December 17th at 7 pm  MIRACLE ON  34th  STREET - concludes with Caledonia Skytower

Thursday, December 18th:
  • 7 pm  THE SCROOGE - Another Christmas Carol with Shandon Loring
  • 9 pm  SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT - Hannukah Tales of Light with Caledonia Skytower
Saturday, December 20th at 9am   @ SEANCHAI KITELY -  A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Concludes with Shandon and Caledonia

NEXT SUNDAY for Fezziwig's Ball, December 21st on Imagination Island
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All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island in Second Life, unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life is sometimes.  

All sessions at the Seanchai Library (SL) are offered free to all Residents.  Guests at Second Life sessions are welcome to join us in donating to our featured charity Our featured charity for November-December is Heifer International (http://heifer.org).  Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

Have questions? IM or notecard Caledonia Skytower.

Friday, December 12, 2014

SATURDAY, December 13th at 9am @Kitely: TIME TO START!

"Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail."

Cale and Shandon begin the first of a two part presentation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday ghost story, A Christmas Carol, Saturday at 9am (Pacific) in Seanchai's Winterworld.

Go to the main Landing Zone in Seanchai's Kitely Homeworld and step through the Winterworld Gate (after the requisite pause) to be transported to a world of snowy stories and classic adventure.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

THURSDAY, December 11th at 7PM: CHRISTMASVILLE


CHRISTMASVILLE
Everyone loves Christmas. But Christmas time is not a year-round thing...or is it?

Have you ever seen one of those miniature villages, with a miniature train track, set up under a Christmas tree? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a "Christmas" village like that? "Christmasville" takes us on a magical journey through such a village. The characters "come to life" in the story. But, one character, Mary Jane Higgins, realizes things just aren't "right" in Christmasville.

"Christmasville" is a trilogy (plus one) work by Michael Dutton. Tonight Shandon will introduce us to this series.

Author: Michael Dutton
ISBN: 978-0978665500

PRESENTED IN LIVE VOICE

AND DON'T FORGET!  at 9pm SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT . . . 

Introducing "EXPLORE" from Seanchai Library!

After months and years of work, we are officially announcing the commencement of Seanchai EXPLORE and are pleased to introduce you to our first commissioning partner: Tacoma Little Theatre

Here is the press release on the project that went live today:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                      

THE GREAT GATSBY: TLT REDEFINING “EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH”

Tacoma, WA- Tacoma Little Theatre is taking a key step in redefining its educational mission, with the trial of a new program which will be part of its upcoming production of Simon Levy’s stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Teachers can use the performing arts a relevant tool to enliven their classroom curriculum.  This is an essential component of every performing arts company’s mission. Tacoma Little Theatre (TLT) produces educational programming in the form of special weekday performances reserved specifically for schools.  These productions are taken from its main stage season.  Such programs come with curricular materials to assist the teachers in connecting their class time focus with the in-theater experience.  For TLT’s production of The Great Gatsby, these materials will be realized in an exciting three dimensional format available to educators and members of the community. 

TLT is partnering with Seanchai Library, an organization specializing in spoken word presentations of literature in immersive virtual environments, to create a computer simulation based on The Great Gatsby.  This simulation will be accessible to the general public via the internet, and will feature interactive links to resource materials on the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the influences reflected in the featured work.  It will also spotlight TLT itself, showcasing its 97 year history of building community through creating theater.

“Our patrons are always interested in the stories behind the plot,” said TLT Managing Artistic Director Chris Serface, “the themes and cultural influences that drive the plays. We want to blow the box completely open and make this kind of information available to more than just educators.  I want to make it possible for anyone who wants to see the play to explore the literature fully to enhance their play-going experience.” Serface added, “I am excited to see what Seanchai Library will create for us.”

With the download of a free viewing program, EXPLORE Gatsby will be an Educational Study Guide brought to three dimensional life.  Patrons will walk through the world of Fitzgerald’s novel using an avatar, and click on objects that link to information about the period and social issues (represented in) the work.  They can also participate in discussions, and enjoy live presentations of the source text by accessing EXPLORE Gatsby from the comfort of their homes.

For more information visit www.tacomalittletheatre.com, email tlt@tacomalittletheatre.com, or call our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.


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Check out our new project website and be prepared for lots of updates and news between now and the official debut of EXPLORE Gatsby in January


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, December 10th at 7pm: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

Since the beloved classic film was made based on Valentine Davies story, MIRACLE ON 34th STREET has been made a treasured part of holiday traditions by generations of believers in hope and goodwill. It all starts tonight with Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and a Santa who is not quite what he should be.

“ Valentine Davies weaves such an impressive story that it will make the most skeptical child believe and it will make us that no longer can- wish we could. ”  


Presented Live in Voice by Caledonia Skytower.

(Presented in two parts)

Monday, December 8, 2014

TUESDAY, December 9th at 7pm: Selections from A CHRISTMAS STORY

Ralphie: “I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!”
Mrs. Parker: “No, you'll shoot your eye out.”

A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, based on his book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, with some elements derived from Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories. Its popularity has endured such that it was novelized in 2003.

Kayden shares selected adventures tonight, live in voice.  No doubt a Red Ryder BB Gun will be involved!


“It was all over - I was dead. What would it be? The guillotine? Hanging? The chair? The rack? The Chinese water torture? Hmmph. Mere child's play compared to what surely awaited me.”

Sunday, December 7, 2014

MONDAY,December 8th at 7PM: SORCERERS

“One Foot and the Grave”
by Theodore Sturgeon
ASIN: B000GRN9IW

Something's wrong with his foot.  Something's wrong with her foot.  There might be something wrong with the doctor and there is definitely something wrong with The Camel's grave.
part 2 of 2

AND


“Narrow Valley”
by R.A. Lafferty
1966 - ISBN: 978-1613471098

A man buys homestead land, 160 acres, a half mile square that appears to be only 8 feetfrom one fence to the other.  Don't try to jump that 8 feet, you'll never make it.



Gyro Muggins, Live in voice.