Seanchai Library is proud to announce the newest edition to its Special Projects Series. These literature-immersive experiences allow guests to walk in the footsteps of the characters that inhabit the world of a work of fiction: exploring environments inspired by the words of the story, and hearing those words presented live. The best known of these is the popular holiday tradition The Dickens Project. Inspired, in part, by Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol this project will return to Second Life ® for its 2023 Edition in December. The newest project is focused on the work of American author and screenwriter, Ray Bradbury, and features his short story “The Halloween Tree.” The Bradbury Project will open on October 6th and remain open through November 16th.
NOTE: This project features an experience-based teleport system introduced at The Dickens Project in 2022. Please accept the “Caledonian Studios” Experience when it is offered to you at the first teleportal outside of Seanchai Library’s main branch on Nowhereville. https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/204/43/26
"We are really excited about this one. It taps into an enthusiasm for Halloween that many of our regular community shares. The story addresses how we think about and deal with death in a way that is healthy, I believe," said Caledonia Skytower of Seanchai Library. "We get as immersed in creating our projects as we hope our guests do in experiencing them. But there is something special about this one. There is so much farther we could take it, and that is inspiring." The Bradbury Project is patterned after the popular Dickens Project and follows the path of eight boys on an adventure to save the life of their friend on Halloween Night.
Skytower added, “We are creating roughly the first third of the story in this initial build, with some nods to the rest of the adventure included. This project is about three times the size of the original Dickens Project in 2012. A lot of things have changed over those 11 years. Lots of great and creative people have been involved and, of course, materials and resources have changed over time. We have also refined the way we visually tell these stories, and the components that make them a good experience. There is so much farther we can go with that, and Ray Bradbury’s story is perfect for pursuing it.”
The Bradbury Project will present Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree live on stream in three one-hour sessions, twice weekly, featuring two different casts of voice performers. On Tuesday, October 10, 17, and 24 at 7pm, Shandon Loring, Faerie Maven-Pralou, and Kayden Oconnell will present the adventure. On Sunday, October 15, 22, and 29 at 1:30pm, David Abbot, Gloriana Maertens, and Caledonia Skytower will present. Additional readings from other works by Bradbury are under consideration.
Music and dancing will be contributed to The Bradbury Project by eClipse Club & Resort, presenting different dance parties between October 20-26th. See the Seanchai Library calendar page for specific times, dates, and for additional events and updates as they occur. Note: not all events presented by the Library this October are associated directly with this project.
The Bradbury Project was created for Seanchai Library by Dagmar Kohime, Gloriana Maertens, Stevie Morane Basevi, and Caledonia Skytower.
Specific information on The Bradbury Project will be available on the Seanchai Library website after October 6th. All tips from events will be donated to Reading is Fundamental.
About the Seanchai Library
Seanchai Library (pronounced Shawn-a-kee, which means "Storyteller" in Irish Gaelic.) was founded in March of 2008 in Second Life. The program remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: "We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life and other virtual worlds." http://irelandslstory.blogspot.com/
About Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury was an American author, screenwriter, and among the most celebrated 20th-century writers. He worked in a variety of genres including fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and realistic fiction. He wrote many works and is widely known by the general public for his novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and his short-story collections The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951). For more information on his life and work, visit raybradbury.com.
About Seanchai Special Projects
Special projects produced by members of Seanchai Library date as far back as 2008 and its first special adaptations of A Christmas Carol, Dracula, and War of The Worlds. In 2012 The Dickens Project made its first appearance on the Second Life grid, inviting residents to “walk in the steps of Ebenezer Scrooge.” The Dickens Project has grown and expanded from its initial 900m parcel to two full regions, supported by Linden Labs and featuring a variety of performing communities in Second Life.
Other immersive literature projects have included Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Murder on the Nile, Murder at The Vicarage, and Evil Under the Sun. Projects on the Kitely grid have included F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. The Bradbury Project marks the newest endeavor by the Library to create experiences that inspire individuals to engage with great literature.
call them ‘project’ because every other name we think of is either too
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