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A Double Bill This Friday…

September 19, 2012

A Double Bill This Friday…
The Moving Panorama of Pilgrim’s Progress and a
Magic Lantern Show of Pilgrim’s Progress Together

You can see a full-scale replica 800 foot long replica of the Pilgrim’s Progress Panorama in motion, with music and a riveting narration, just as the original was meant to be seen at 6:30 pm, Friday, September 21, at Saco City Hall, 300 Main Street.
Also, for this perform ance only, there will be a magic lantern show of Pilgrim’s Progress. Magic-lantern shows–a combination of projected images, live narration and music–were another popular way that Pilgrim’s Progress was presented to the public in the 19th century. Terry Borton, the showman of The American Magic-Lantern Theater, will give what he thinks is the first public magic-lantern presentation of Pilgrim’s Progress in a hundred years, using original slides, some of which were created by America’s foremost slide artist, Joseph Boggs Beale. As a special treat, Borton will also be the performer for the panorama show.
Be there Friday when the Saco Museum presents the third 21st century performance of the Moving Panorama of Pilgrim’s Progress. A crew of volunteers will be rolling 42 beautiful images across the historic Saco City Hall stage. Performing with Terry Borton will be an extraordinary pianist, Jeff Rapsis.
For the first time the entire historic panorama–800 feet of vibrantly painted muslin canvas, in four sections–is on view in two downtown locations, the Saco Museum and the historic Pepperell Mills.
A full house of 200 loved the show on August 3, as well as the backstage tour of the mechanism. $5 is a suggested donation at the door. I hope you will consider joining us .
There is symposium on moving panoramas on Saturday. Check the museum web site for info.

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