Guess 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
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.
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).
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?
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!
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.
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.
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!
Starting tomorrow and ending November 2nd, Upended Productions is remounting its interactive Alice show in the Chicago suburb of Andersonville. As their website puts it
“Taking place over an entire city block in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, this ambulatory, multi-disciplinary show doesn’t seek to retell the story of Alice in Wonderland (that’s been done and done again) but, instead, gives the audience the opportunity to BE Alice.”
Originally produced in 2004, this new production looks to be better than ever. Weekends starting at 1p and running every 15 minutes. Tickets here. Part of Chicago Artists Month.
While not strictly Alice related, this weekend is the 20th annual Nocturnal Wonderland music festival, and while the music is decidedly NOT Victorian, for those who like rave/house/trance/techno/dance music at a venue with a decidedly Alice in Wonderland theme, this is the place for you. Bring ear plugs. Oh, and two weeks later the same promoter is hosting ANOTHER music festival called Beyond Wonderland. Sure to be equally entertaining. If you go, bring me a program and some kandi
If you want to get an idea of what you’re in for, watch the official trailer for Nocturnal Wonderland.