Featured Event: The Royal Opera House play (“The Little Prince”)

When: 2016/05/29 1 PM SLT (PDT)

Destination: The Royal Opera House

We’re attending: The Royal Opera House and The A List! present: The Little Prince

Next time: Weekly on Sundays at 1 or 2 PM SLT (PDT), join the group in the More Information section to get the notification on the exact time

Next performance (2016/06/05): Unknown for now, but something awesome

More information: Second Life Opera Society in-world group, (click the link while logged on in Second Life to open the group profile) The A List! in-world group (contact Xavier Thiebaud for the information on how to join)

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The poster for The Little Prince play

With the hot summer air warming up the Grid this lovely Sunday, the theatre lovers of Second Life are rushing to safety from it in the walls of The Royal Opera House, and the choice of their shelter is not accidental – today, The Little Prince makes his stop nowhere else but at this gorgeous venue, the house for all forms of creativity possible on the stage. The story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, known and loved all over the world by people of all ages, takes the form of the play here in Second Life, directed by incredibly creative Andy Loon who is well known in the Second Life theatre society for a range of his theatrical works. The murmur of the crowd, where greetings and attempts to agree on the seat can be distinguished, is accompanied by Antonin Dvorak on the streaming media and the whisper of the fine fabrics brushing against the seats. The actors behind the stage are transforming into the characters of the book, the decorations are getting their last check. Everybody gets ready in their own way to greet the little prince back on the Grid, destination The Royal Opera House.

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Waiting for the curtain

In the greeting to the audience, Xavier Thiebaud, the amazing producer of the play and again, not the last name in high society of the Grid, thanks to his The A List! in-world group, where one can learn about the best events happening on the Grid, reveals to us that this finale performance of the season is dedicated to his mother who has recently passed away and to whom he is grateful for taking him in the age of 2 to see The Little Prince film, and the story, in a way, has shaped him into the man he has become. Interestingly, Saint-Exupéry himself has dedicated the book to a friend of his, and has done it in an original way – The Little Prince has been dedicated to the boy his friend has grown from. We all have been young once, both in our real and digital lives…

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“Do you think that this sheep will have to have a great deal of grass?” “Why?” “Because where I live everything is very small…”

Now, the curtain. The story unfolds on the stage before the audience, and the stream with the actors reading their roles complements it. Here is the pilot and his unfortunate landing in the desert, drawing The Little Prince a sheep. The beautiful flower that has grown on the Prince’s planet, who springs into a goodbye dance when she learns that he is leaving to learn about love and caring, asking the Prince to forgive her and wishing him a fair trip.

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“Of course I love you, It is my fault that you have not known it all the while. That is of no importance. But you – you have been just as foolish as I. Try to be happy… let the glass globe be. I don’t want it any more.”

That is when the Prince’s journey through the open space commences – and what individuals does he meet on this journey! I liked very much the presentation of The Lamplighter, seemingly tireless and dedicated to his duty of lighting the lamp when it’s evening and putting the light out in the morning, who dreams of a moment of sleep. One cannot have enough pity for the poor fellow when one actually observes him putting the light on and off almost with no break…

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“But why have you just lighted it again?” “Those are the orders.” “I do not understand.” “There is nothing to understand. Orders are orders. Good morning.”

I must say that I love how Second Life plays really bring out the richness of visualization opportunities for play directors. Seeing the Prince actually flying in the sky and balancing on tiny planets he visits triggers the feeling of something magical going on before our eyes. When the Prince reaches the Earth, he meets the snake, then the fox, and we witness the fun, yet very important process of him taming the fox. With the actors transformed into the actual animals, the scene becomes extraordinarily vivid.

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“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Now it is time for our Prince to go. With the tears in our eyes, we observe his departure from the Earth, wishing him to get back home well… He hs learned what he needed to learn. And we, the outside observers of this beautiful story, have learned something today, too. And those of us who have read the book or have watched the film have got ourselves a reminder of what is truly important in our lives, what truly is worth that little time we are given in this Universe.

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Left to right: Sabinka (rozkochana) as the Baobab, Xavier Thiebaud as the producer of the play, Angelina Kitaj as the Fox, The Rose (Angelina Kitaj), Andy Loon (szerewp.loon) as the Little Prince, Orionek Twist as the Pilot, the Baobab (multiple cast), the Businessman, the Tippler, the King, the Lamplighter, the Geographer (all portrayed by Orionek Twist)

The curtain is down – and then, right back up. Of course, never without the storm of applause from the audience, as well as the words of gratitude to Xavier and Andy, as well as the actors for bringing this legendary story to life in the digital world. Once all the warm words of appreciation have been said, the time has come to leave the story (but not the lessons learned from it) behind and go back to our real and second routines. But this afternoon sure has set the mood for the rest of the Sunday. There will be many more marvelous journeys to the world of fantasy – and the next one will be taking place next Sunday. Where do we travel next? Consider joining The A List! group, and you will know first!

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The Masters of the Magic before their humble admirers

Stay digitized, and be safe!

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