THE STARK RAVENS: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The second CD from the Stark Ravens Historical Players continues their tradition of bringing the words of great writers to life with spectacular new music. This soundtrack takes Lewis Carroll's brilliant & whimsical nonsense poems & songs, sung by Alice, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the hookah smoking Caterpillar & all the rest, accompanied by a wall of sound from brass, woodwinds, piano, mandolin, banjo, guitars, percussion & much more!
In the Service of Joy!
A colorful mélange of Shakespearian actors, musicians, commedia del arte performers, artists, writers, dancers, singers, puppeteers, fire-eaters, and production experts, the Stark Ravens offer a complete theatrical experience unlike any other. This imaginative troupe draws on all areas of artistic and technical expertise to deliver a creative and polished entertainment package that is fantastic for all types of events & venues.
Stark Ravens was hatched as a homegrown theatrical troupe in the sacred tradition of the traveling mountebanks. The Ravens are deeply committed to the principle of creative collaboration and develop their projects with input from all members. The Ravens draft abridged scripts, compose original music, and design & build the costumes, props, and puppets for every new show.
Their Latin motto, Gaudii Gratia, expresses the mission that brought these odd birds together. Translated, it means "In the Service of Joy". Their founding goal is spreading joy through classical, historical and educational theatre presented in a colorful, lively, and accessible way.
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland credits:
Chris Barnes - Mouse, Cook, 2 of Spades
Laura Brueckner - Dodo, Queen of Hearts, Lobster
Mark Donnelly - Crocodile, Mad Hatter, Mock Turtle
Tisha Donnelly - Alice
Carol McCollum - Sister, Lory, Duchess
Jeremy Jen-Ming Hou - Caterpillar, Lobster, 5 of Spades
Brian Patterson - King of Hearts, Puppeteer
Andy Pettit - White Rabbit, Doormouse
Chase Williams - Duck, March Hare, 10 of Clubs, Lobster
Heidi Wohlwend - Crocodile, Cheshire Cat, Gryphon
All songs written and arranged by Mark Donnelly except:
"Mouse's Tale" written by Chris Barnes & Mark Donnelly and arranged by Mark Donnelly
"Alice's Theme" arranged by Len Pardoe
Lyrics by Lewis Carroll
THE STARK RAVENS MUSIC HALL ORCHESTRA:
Tom Beyer: Bass
Laura Brueckner: Recorder
Taylor Cutcombe: Bass on "Duchess' Lullaby"
Mark Donnelly: Mandolin, saxophones & shaker
Todd Grady: Trumpet & flugelhorn
Patrick Matranga: Drums
Len Pardoe: Piano
Bob Thies: Trombone
Bryn Tucker: Banjo, mandolins, guitars & violin
Steve Tucker: Guitars
Produced by Mark Donnelly & the Stark Ravens Historical Players
Recorded by Mark Donnelly at The Ravenry, Fairfax, CA
Mixed by Josh Roberts, Roof Bros. Recording, Emeryville, CA
Mastered by Ken Lee, Ken Lee Mastering, Piedmont, CA
Cover design concept & layout by Heidi Wohlwend, Mud 'n Yer Eye Graphics, Oakland, CA
Original Drawings on inside jacket by Yoshiko, courtesy of Phyllis Patterson
Special thanks to: Our families, fans, friends & supporters, Calvin Morris, Phyllis Patterson, Dave Moore, Dan Marcum, the San Francisco Fringe Festival, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Pickwick Comic Annual, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson -
...and "Alice" fans everywhere.