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!

Alice at the Palace Available on DVD

Ever want to see the Meryl Streep performance of Alice at the Palace?  Now you can!

An impressive collection of filmed plays featuring a host of world renowned performers is now available to order via BROADWAY THEATRE ARCHIVE: GREAT PERFORMANCES Set 1, which includes the plays DEATH OF A SALESMAN, FOR COLORED GIRLS…, UNCOMMON WOMEN and ALICE AT THE PALACE.”

While Alice at the Palace was previously available as a standalone, it is probably going out of print soon, so this collection might be the only place to see it in the future.  Plus you get some other fantastic Broadway shows to boot.
Get yours now!

Crocodiles in Cream One Man Show Returning for Alice’s 150th Anniversary in the UK

Kevin Moore is reprising his role as Lewis Carroll in David Horlick’s  one man show entitled Crocodiles in Cream just in time for the 150th anniversary of Alice’s publication.  Check out the trailer below.  Visit the official site for more details as they become available.

1954 Kraft Television Theatre Alice on YouTube

From our elevator buddy Jenna comes this link to something I’ve never seen, but is way cool.  A 1954 TV version of Alice on the Kraft Television Theatre, featuring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.  Interesting that they are involved as they were also on the Disney TV show One Hour in Wonderland on Christmas 1950 that promoted the soon-to-be-released Disney animated film.  Share and enjoy!

The Hunting of the Snark @ Edinburgh Fringe!

Josh Sobel and crew of  “The Forks & Hope Ensemble” have previously mounted showings of Snark in Chicago as mentioned here.  But now they are taking their show on the road, all the way to Fringe in Edinburgh! Check out their trailer below.  And if you want to help them get to Fringe, visit their campaign page where you can see the full trailer and donate.

Details of their Fringe appearance (wish I could go)

What: The Hunting of the Snark
Who: The Forks & Hope Ensemble, originally produced by Strawdog Theatre
Where: Greenside Theatre at Nicolson Square, Downstairs (Venue 209)
When: 11:30AM on August 11, 12, 13,14, 15
Tickets: £8 (£6 concession, £24 family price)
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/hunting-of-the-snark

New World Jabberwocky

From our good friends at the Cassady Collection at USC (hosts of our Fall Meeting 2013) comes this entry to their annual Wonderland Award.  Quite stunning.  You can see the entire collection of videos uploaded by the Wonderland Awards on their YouTube channel here.

WWI Alice Play in the South of England

Seems like all the coolest Alice theatre is happening in Britain…including this intriguing adaptation with a WWI spin.  And puppets!  Click me to get all the details.

Box Tale Soup to Bring Their Version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Brighton Fringe, May 4-June 1

Oh to be in Brighton next month.  Probably of more interest to our compatriots across the pond, this sounds wonderful.  I hope at some point there will be a DVD available.  From their page: “It features a cast of just two human performers, a dozen colourful handmade puppets and a beautiful set that unfolds from a vintage trunk, alongside a magical soundtrack of original music composed especially for the show. From the surprising appearance of the Cheshire Cat to the madness of the Tea Party, this is a constantly inventive and refreshing take on Carroll’s classic work.”  Click me for full details.

Another Burlesque Alice in Wonderland This April in Seattle

Wonderland BurlesqueOne of our mimsy minions reports the citing of another burlesque performance inspired by the Alice books.  This one is called Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland, presented by performer/producers Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann. The show runs April 16-19th at the Triple Door Theatre in Seattle, WA.

For more information and tickets, click me.