Don’t miss the last chance to see this magic lantern show & arctic spectacular!

The Wonder Show invites you to venture into that distant and mysterious region, where thrilling and perilous adventures await you: the frozen zone! Please join us for a final night of spectacle featuring images and text sourced from the Athenaeum’s Special Collections! We promise an evening with wonders and pelagic curiosities of the frozen type, original moving panorama, arctic beasts, and the sound of the aurora borealis! Accompanying our show will be our Tiny Traveling Theatre and a pop-up arctic photo booth! Popular prices: Free!

The Wonder Show is: Carolyn Gennari, Jeremy Radtke, Laura Brown-Lavoie, Fay Strongin, and Tess Brown Lavoie. Musical contribution by Doug Poole.

WHEN: 9/10 dusk. show starts at 8:15 pm
WHERE: Grants block
BRING: Yourself, Friends, blankets/folding chairs

Sponsored by the City of Providence Department of Planning & Development and the Providence Redevelopment Agency, and Durkee, Brown, Vivieros, & Werenfels Architects

More information on this show and project:
The Wonder Show presents The Arctic Theatre Royal, a magic lantern show featuring images and text sourced from the Athenaeum’s Special Collections! During the 19th century, Arctic exploration captivated the public imagination. Images of unfamiliar icescapes pictured in panoramas and magic lantern shows dominated visual culture. The Arctic –and specifically finding a northwest passage through it– was a main subject of national interest in England at the time. One of the most successful voyages of this kind was head by Captain William Parry in 1819. This would be the first British naval expedition of the 19th century to winter in arctic conditions, and its activities and precautions became a model for future expeditions. Parry instituted musical and theatrical entertainments, school classes, meteorological and magnetic observations, and even a weekly newspaper, The North Georgia Gazette and Winter Chronicle. Plays were performed every fortnight with written reviews following each act. The Wonder Show’s performance, The Arctic Theatre Royal, takes its name from Parry’s shipboard theater. In this newly written production, The Wonder Show will share original poetry and text from Parry’s voyage, utilizing a form of entertainment used to share early glimpses of the Arctic, a magic lantern show. The content comes directly from the shipboard documents of 1819, including Parry’s journal and the North Georgia Gazette, which are both housed within the Athenaeum’s Travel and Exploration Collection. Learn ATTENDEES SHOULD BRING FOLDING CHAIRS OR BLANKETS.