ALICE, A Steampunk Concert Fantasy at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas

Well, I guess it had to happen sooner or later, a Las Vegas Alice show.  Performed infrequently, check the show’s page on the official Hard Rock website for details.  Next performance appears to be May 20.

From the Las Vegas Sun:

Alice: A Steampunk Rock Opera at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel, and the eight-member cast all have their Strip show duties first before the 11 p.m. explosion of bizarre makeup, outrageous costumes, fierce dancing and even fiercer music. “Alice” is the map-cap, zany creation of current “Jubilee” at Bally’s lead vocalist Anne Martinez.

I saw the production based on … Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” a month ago and was bowled over by the energy of the frenetic, sexy performers in their original and elaborate Steampunk costumes. The artistic tour de force really has dramatic singing and dancing.

These are original arrangements of favorite pop/rock songs by Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse andThe Rolling Stones with a nine-piece live band led by trumpet titan Dave Perrico. The Cheshire Cat and The White Rabbit are part of the theatrical experience choreographed by Ryan Kelsey (“Pin Up”at the Stratosphere) and Claudia Mitria, who perform in the show.

Don’t be frightened or surprised when the cast leaves the stage to perform routines in the audience with flashlights to spotlight them. Don’t miss this offbeat, rowdy and raucous revelry. The only question remaining for tonight is who will be the guest star to play The Red Queen to scream, “Off with their heads!”

Victorian Toy Theatre Production of Snark

On April 24th the Pontine Theatre will premiere its new Victorian-style toy theatre production of The Hunting of the Snark and Other Nonsense.  Shows run through May 20th.  The production is performed by Co-Artistic Directors, Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews.  The figures, set, projected images and costumes are designed and created by Mr. Gathers, examples of which are below.  Looks like fun, wish New Hampshire was slightly closer for us.

Fit the First: The Landing - Image Credit:  Greg Gathers

The Landing – Image Credit: Greg Gathers

Fit the Third: The Baker's Tale - Image Credit:  Greg Gathers

The Baker’s Tale – Image Credit: Greg Gathers

Fit the Fifth: The Beaver's Lesson - Image Credit:  Greg Gathers

The Beaver’s Lesson – Image Credit: Greg Gathers

Fit the Sixth: The Barrister's Dream - Image Credit:  Greg Gathers

The Barrister’s Dream – Image Credit: Greg Gathers

Fit the Eighth:  The Vanishing - Image Credit:  Greg Gathers

The Vanishing – Image Credit: Greg Gathers

 

TADA Musical The Trials of Alice in Wonderland

tada aliceGuess this is theater week on the Carroll blog, but lots of good stuff happening.  Next month the Drama Desk Award winning TADA Youth Theater is performing a new musical called The Trials of Alice in Wonderland.  From their site:

Book by William Brooke Music by Eric Rockwell Lyrics by Joanne Bogart

Based on the classic books by Lewis Carrol, this original musical follows Alice and all the usual suspects in the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland, where Alice is on trial for growing and changing.

April 25- May 17, 2015
Saturdays and Sundays 2pm and 4pm

Synetic Theater to Perform Alice in Wonderland

Everyone is jumping on the Alice bandwagon this year, and DC’s Synetic Theater is no exception.  They will be mounting their own adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” this fall as part of DC’s Women’s Voices Festival.  From Broadway World:

The whimsical Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole soon finding herself in the mysterious world of Wonderland. Synetic’s darker take on Lewis Carroll’s tale will bring to life classic characters such as the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and the murderous Queen of Hearts with Synetic’s signature style. Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili, chorographed by Irina Tsikurishvili and adapted by Lloyd Rose for the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival of Washington, D.C., this production will have dialogue.

Eat Me: Alice’s Adventures in the Working Class

This fall The Brass Tacks Ensemble will be performing the world premiere of a new Alice play called “Eat Me:  Alice’s Adventures in the Working Class.”  From Broadway World:

Rounding out the season will be the World Premiere of Eat Me: Alice’s Adventures in the Working Class, written and directed by Isaac Ellis. Alice is a disillusioned Office Manager stuck in the doldrums of corporate life. When a high profile exec suddenly starts acting like a rabbit and escapes from a board meeting, Alice’s work world begins to crumble into chaos. A building of employees who enjoy pushing the limits of policies and egotism collides with the whimsical personas of Wonderland to send Alice on an adventure that explores her place among them all. Based on the books by Lewis Carroll, the beloved characters come to life in this grown-up reimagining of the children’s classics. Performances will be Fridays – Sundays, November 6th – 22nd with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Children’s Creative Center (1600 Pauline Blvd. in Ann Arbor).

Alice Meets Cirque du Soleil

Well, not really, but that’s what this looks like.  “Lookingglass Alice” was recently mounted in Denver and Chicago, and seems to have been around for about 3 years…anyone have any idea where it will be next?


A Perfect Likeness – You Too Can Perform It

Those of you who attended the 2013 Spring meeting in Winston-Salem, NC will remember the wonderful play written fellow society member Daniel Singer that we all enjoyed as a part of the festivities.  It has recently come to our attention that you may now purchase a copy of the official script, and license it for performance!  I’m sure Daniel would love to see many performances of his play all over the world, and we would too!

Carrolling – A Musical Project on SoundCloud

For those of you lucky enough to attend the spring meeting in 2014 you got a taste of this very fun project.  Well now you can get even more!  The project has been posted to SoundCloud, and you can take a listen at any time.

Wheelock Family Theatre Alice Musical Oct 17 – Nov 16

This just in:  The Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston is mounting a new Alice musical.  Starting last Friday and running weekends through November 16th, tickets available here.  From their press release:

This new adaptation sends us on a fantastical coming of age adventure. Alice, relying on her wit and empathy, must negotiate the seemingly arbitrary rules of polite society; the tea parties, the poetry recitals, the croquet matches, and the important dates with royalty. In this distorted adult world of Wonderland, will Alice retain her dreams when pressured by the capricious nature of conformity?

This new musical adaptation of the stories “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice through the Looking Glass” by Stoneham local, Andrew Barbato, offers a fresh musical perspective on the satirical vignettes drawn up by Lewis Carroll. Barbato, who has graced local stages as an actor, has been writing plays since he was a teen. “WFT has been an instrumental force in my artistic development and I feel lucky to have been mentored by founding members Jane Staab and Susan Kosoff,” says Andrew. “Places like WFT replenish my soul and remind me that the journey is much richer than the destination.

A nice review of the show appeared in the Boston Globe on Oct 22nd.

Alice in Nightmareland

This sounds fun for Halloween (my fave natch).  The town of Cedartown, GA will be puttin’ on a show, with a holiday theme accentuating its inate Alice-ness.

Cedartown residents have the chance next month to be tricked and treated to an original theatrical production written, directed and starring hometown folks.  A cast of more than 60 local actors and actresses will perform “Alice in Nightmareland” on Saturday, Oct. 18. Showtimes are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission.

Described as an Alice-in-Wonderland-meets-Tim-Burton performance, the show director, Roland Chandler, describes it as a family event. “It’s kind of a creepy but fun show with lots of laughter. Definitely a family-friendly show. It’s not like a gory spook house, it’s a great plot with great actors.”

If you live in the area, this sounds like great fun.  Go, and tell us all about it!