The "Big Dream" is to do a much broader build that would allow the performer/presenter to guide the audience through a tour of "Christmas Past", "Christmas Present" and "Christmas Yet to Come" with Dickens' own words as the core - walking in the steps of Ebenezer Scrooge, as it were.
I have been listening to storytellers all week read Dickens words. I have to agree with my friend Klannex Northmead - a Londoner with a lovely growly voice - who hit it on the nose when he said that most stage adaptations simply lift the dialogue from the book. So much about what makes Dickens a memorable author are the descriptions and side bars he makes along the way. Some that hit you like a ton of bricks with their wisdom. Some that are so vivid that you know it could never be fully realized in a live production. The description of the shops from Stave Three always make me a little light headed, and I suspect has sent more than one Prop Master into seizures over the years.
Here are shots of the beta test environment, and its various interactive elements ...
|The Dickens Project in Second Life (c) - Street View|
|Top View - second level interconnected by walkways|
|Entryway - Exterior View|
|Entryway - Interior View with Scrooge & Marley's (sittable Cratchit & Scrooge Desks)|
|The Grocer's Shop - Exterior View|
|The Poulterer's Shop - Exterior view|
|The Grocer's Shop - Interior View (lot's of items to click on an get things)|
|The Poulterer's Shop - Interior View (likewise, very "clickable")|
|The Bookseller's Shop - Exterior View|
|Bookseller's Shop - Interior (copies of selected Dickens' texts available)|
|Three "Illustration Gardens" running slide shows of images from "Christmas Past"|
|..."Christmas Present" ...|
|... and "Christmas Yet to Come" with words inspiring different artists over centuries.|
|Three Galleries (second level) with panels linked to online resources: Dickens' London|
|... Notable Scrooges ...|
|... The Works of Charles Dickens (I love this room!)|
|Residents of Second Life (c) gathered at The Dickens Project to listen to a live voice presentation of Stave Three of "A Christmas Carol" read by Kayden Oconnell|