Has anyone ever used projections for Alice in Wonderland, Jr. as backdrops?

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I was wondering if anyone has ever used projections as backdrops for Alice in Wonderland, Jr. If so, how did that work out?
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February 9, 2011
Hi, Pilar - Projection backdrops are a great idea, but using still images from a copyrighted film without proper permission is against the law. All shows officially licensed through MTI (including DISNEY's ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR.) come with an accompaniment performance and rehearsal CD to make things easier for the director and the actors. If you're interested in licensing the rights to perform DISNEY's ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR., or any other show for that matter, you need to create an account with Music Theatre International (or another licensing house if need be). Information about licensing, can be found at www.mtishows.com, and the direct link to the DISNEY's ALICE IN WONDERLAND page is: http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000277 We do offer a non-JR. version of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, that does not come with a performance CD: http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000019 I hope this helps! Best, Jason Cocovinis Director of Marketing, MTI

December 29, 2010
Hi Karen, I'm going to disagree with Adam. I think projections can be very effective, economical, and mystical--provided you hire a qualified projections designer. Many Broadway and Broadway Bound shows have recently used projections--9 TO 5, SPIDERMAN, BONNIE & CLYDE, SUNDAY IN THE PARK to name a few. While sometimes they are still images, often they incorporate movement/animation to indicate time and life. If you don't want to hire someone, you may be able to find some great images online--specifically with free websites like FLICKR or pay sites like SHUTTERSTOCK.com. Remember you'll probably need space/equipment to do rear projections if you don't want the background on the actors. Alternatively, you could have a unit set and use side projections to delineate setting. Hope this helps. If you have a decent budget, my friend is the projection designer for BONNIE & CLYDE & WORKING. Not sure if he'd be interested or available, but if you post an ad on this site--you may find someone for less! Break legs!

December 27, 2010
I haven't yet but my school show is Alice in wonderland Jr. This year and we use projections for our backdrops. My personal opinion as an actor is that they look tacky. They can only go as far as the pictures available and with a show as mystical as Alice in wonderland Jr. I think a backdrop should be used.