Basilique Weekly News – No. 8: …and in with the new!

Romeo + Juliet closes - tearful hugs all around

Romeo + Juliet closes – tearful hugs all around

The latest round-up of news coming from Basilique and the Basilique Performing Arts Company.

Top Stories:

  • Sneak peeks at four new sets for Paradise Lost
  • Cast Announcements for Paradise Lost in Second Life
  • Romeo + Juliet closes amidst tearful farewells

Paradise Lost in Second Life

Harvey provides Moses with a bit of direction on the set.

Harvey provides “Moses”, played by Julian Tantalus, with a bit of direction on the Egypt set.

Production notes

Progress has been swift this week and we’re definitely on the downhill leg of our journey in making Paradise Lost in Second Life.

Behind the Scenes

The Pharaoh of Egypt, played by

The Pharaoh of Egypt, played by Ellen Cordeaux

We completed four new sets this week:

  1. Adam and Eve’s winter hovel. The site of Adam and Eve’s post-expulsion life where they must work hard just to survive.
  2. Noah’s Ark. Set in what is now present day Armenia, where Noah is first instructed to save the lives of the animals before the impending flood.
  3. Pharaoh’s Palace. This is where the baby Moses is discovered, where he grows into a man, and liberates the Israelite slaves from Egypt.
  4. The Nativity Scene. Yep, that old Christmas Card favourite is now on our prep stage, just waiting to be inhabited by you-know-who and you-know-who’s parents.

There is a whole lot more to come in the last two scenes (Agnus Dei and Lux Aeterna)! Stay tuned!

In other news, Harvey has written two posts from a behind the scenes perspective, one comparing the challenges and engagement required by Paradise Lost to a start-up company, and one about thinking outside the box to solve and going back to fundamentals some pretty complex technical problems.

The Son of God and Archangel Michael, by Harper Beresford

This week too, Harper Beresford, blogger behind the very popular and high quality fashion blog, A Passion for Virtual Fashion, wrote a detailed preview of Paradise Lost, including some terrific photos from the set and of characters not yet in the spotlight.

And, we’d also like to thank Daniel Voyager, Alexa Maravilla, and Inara Pey for sharing the latest news to come out of the production this and last week.

Cast Announcements

The Cast of Paradise Lost in Second Life, by Caitlin Tobias

The Cast of Paradise Lost in Second Life, by Caitlin Tobias

We are delighted to introduce the cast of Paradise Lost in Second Life! Please join us in welcoming some familiar names back to the stage and a few that are new to us. A huge thanks to our behind the scenes photographer, Caitlin Tobias for making us all look so good and glam!

Production Notes

We have now completed sets, blocking and choreography for twelve out of fourteen scenes, including:

Act One:

  • Introitus: Requiem
  • Kyrie Eleison
  • Dies Irae
  • Tuba Mirum

Act Two

  • Rex Tremendae
  • Recordare
  • Confutatis
  • Lacrimosa

Act Three

  • Domine Jesu
  • Hostias
  • Sanctus
  • Benedictus

Only two more scenes to complete before we start full rehearsals!

Trailer Playlist

Now that we have 4 of 7 trailers, we thought it be cool to create a playlist that has them all, for easier sharing (hint, hint!). And here is the playlist that we’ll be adding to with more videos as we create them:

Poster Gallery

Romeo + Juliet in Second Life Season closes with a tearful farewell in front of a full house

The lovely and talented Syn Wytchwood, who played Juliet in the balcony and bedroom scenes, in addition to her role as Mercutio.

The lovely and talented Syn Wytchwood, who played Juliet in the balcony and bedroom scenes, as well as her role as Mercutio.

After 35 shows in roughly nine months, and in front of a full and very enthusiastic crowd, we said goodbye to what the entire cast consider to be their very best experience in Second Life so far. Having now said goodbye too many times to count, we thought we’d leave you with this lovely image of one of our talented performers: Syn Wytchwood, who played Juliet in the balcony and bedroom scenes, as well as Mercutio.

The Romeo + Juliet in Second Life Experience

More news when we have it 🙂 We have things planned out and will get to work on it as soon as Paradise Lost premiers.

And last, but definitely not least…

Mr. Neddings shoots Romeo + Juliet

We’ve got some wonderful fans, and a particular stand out from the crowd is certainly Mr. Neddings. Not only has he attended countless performances, brought loads and loads of friends by, retweeted us like crazy, he’s even filmed the entire play from four camera angles which we’ll be editing into a full length film. Here are some photos Mr. Nedding’s captured from Romeo and Juliet.

01 - Romeo & Mercutio

Harvey comments on the new Linden Lab CEO, on the DraxFiles Radio Hour

Harvey appears on the most recent episode of the DraxFiles Radio Hour [with Jo Yardley], where Draxtor Depres asks him to comment on the most recent sit down between new Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altbert and Second Life’s media representatives.

By | 2016-11-18T13:16:00+00:00 February 22nd, 2014|Paradise Lost in Second Life, Romeo + Juliet in Second Life, Second Life|3 Comments

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  1. […] have a very short round-up this week – nowhere near as busy as last week! Still we wanted to introduce our readers to a very central part of our set…. the Basilica […]

  2. caoimhelionheart February 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Reblogged this on – Our World is UrWorld – and commented:
    Basilique playhouse news!

  3. Daniel Voyager February 23, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for mentioning my blog and I can’t wait to see the final released production. Great work so far 🙂

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