Manual Cinema transforms Edith Nesbit’s novel The Magic City into a live, cinematic shadow puppet show in this new work commissioned by Chicago Children’s Theatre. When a young girl moves into a new home, she entertains herself by building a city using household objects. Through some magic, she finds herself inside the city, surrounded by life. 

Please note: Performances January 27-29 are Previews

ABOUT THE SHOW

Manual Cinema transforms Edith Nesbit’s novel The Magic City into a live, cinematic shadow puppet show in this new work commissioned by Chicago Children’s Theatre. When a young girl moves into a new home, she entertains herself by building a city using household objects. Through some magic, she finds herself inside the city, surrounded by life. Using overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, miniature toy theater and a live music ensemble, Manual Cinema’s Magic City modernizes the novel, building and illuminating a miniature city onstage that the audience explores themselves after every performance.

Chicago Children’s Theatre is the lead commissioner for this production.

 

ARTISTS

MANUAL CINEMA is a performance collective, design studio, and film/ video production company founded in 2010 by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Ben Kauffman, Julia Miller, and Kyle Vegter. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen. Using vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and a live music ensemble, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and imbues it with liveness, ingenuity, and theatricality.
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PRESENTERS

Chicago Children’s Theatre has evolved as both a professional and personal response to the lack of a Chicago company dedicated to providing high-quality, professional year-round children’s programming. Since its foundation, Chicago Children’s Theatre has rigorously pursued its mission to enrich our communities through diverse and significant theatrical programming that engages and inspires the child in all of us. Chicago Children’s Theatre begins a new chapter in early 2017 with it’s new home in Chicago’s West Loop, called The Station. The Station will be a home for courageous play, creative education, personal expression, and community empowerment by providing top-notch instructors, unique courses for toddlers to teens, innovative camps, dynamic family experiences, community participatory opportunities, and groundbreaking intimate productions.

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