By Ann Maloney, The Times-Picayune
We wonder: Is it more difficult to find a snark in the park or in a theater? The Skin Horse Theater troupe has taken its adaptation “The Hunting of the Snark” by Lewis Carroll into the New Orleans Museum of Art and The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park.
The Banker (Evan Spigelman) is less than pleased to find a less than alive Bellman (Nat Kusinitz) on his arm as members of the Skin Horse Theater present Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark in the NOMA Sculpture Garden in City Park on Saturday, March 3, 2012. The free kid-friendly performances of the epic and hilarious adventure will continue on March 10th and 17th at 3 pm at the main entrance of the sculpture garden.
The troupe recently performed the piece at the Contemporary Arts Center’s as part of the CAC children’s theater series.
Snark In The Park is a family-friendly stage adaptation of the epic nonsense poem about the perilous voyage of an improbable crew who set sail in search of the dangerous and elusive Snark.
The free performances are on Saturday and March 17 at 3 p.m.
Inspired by the author’s embrace all things nonsensical – Carroll is known for such works as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” “Through the Looking-Glass” and “Jabberwocky” – the actors clown around, using songs and their imagination to turn the sculpture garden into “the ocean, a ship, an island, a forest of beasts and bring the kids along for their wild and hilarious tale.”
The New Orleans-based performing troupe is known for its out-of-the-box, original productions, often staged in nontraditional sites. Its snark shows are no different.
The actors will explore a more adult interpretation of the poem on two Saturday nights. So, leave the little ones at home if you want to check out Skin Horse’s production of “Snark After Dark,” an adult-themed adaptation of the whimsical sailing trip.
The fun takes place Saturday and March 17 at 10:30 p.m. at Backyard Ballroom, 3519 St. Claude Ave. Call 504.948.4167. Admission: $5.