Steve Light: All The Wonders, Episode 316

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Lucky Lazlo

Steve Light (@SteveLight), author illustrator most recently of Lucky Lazlo, stops by the podcast to talk about theater superstitions, the most unlucky theater in the world, and a fountain pen nib custom designed by Richard Binder.

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Peacock Theatre History:

The Peacock Theatre was built by art collector, turned movie and theatre financier Hugo Seabee. It was built for his lover Christine Madison. Christine was a young starlet that Hugo discovered and who stared in all of his films and theatrical productions. The Peacock was built to premiere all of her films. The peacocks represent Christine and her beauty, the lion represents Hugo.

After a string of failures Hugo and Christine moved into The Peacock to live until their tragic deaths just days apart. Some say The Peacock is haunted by the two who can be seen dancing or sometimes smiling through the peacock feathers that decorate the theatre. The Peacock has since reopened and been refurbished and is now a popular venue for children’s theatre productions.

Background Story of Bobby and Alice:

Bobby met Alice when he moved. She was the popular girl. He was the new kid, who was always awkward. She always was in the plays at school. Bobby could draw, so he volunteered to do the sets so he could watch her – maybe talk to her. That rarely happened but when it did, his heart would race. Then Alice got cast as “Alice” at The Peacock Theatre, part of the theatres children’s plays. Bobby decides to finally show her how he feels and bring her one red rose.

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About the Author

Matthew Winner


Matthew Winner is an elementary library media specialist in Elkridge, Maryland. He is is the co-founder and content director of All The Wonders, a children’s literature website and more, and host of the Let's Get Busy podcast, a weekly podcast where Matthew talks to authors, illustrators, award winners, up-and-comers, and everyone in between. In 2013 Matthew was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was invited to the White House as part of the Champions of Change program. For more information, connect with Matthew on Twitter at @MatthewWinner .

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