Webre’s colorful, humorous interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s trippy story is a visual feast with spectacular sets and over-the-top costumes, accompanied by a buoyant score from composer Matthew Pierce performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Follow the White Rabbit into Springer Auditorium and meet the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat but watch out for the Red Queen or it’ll be off with your head!
|set Design||James Kronzer|
|Lighting Design||Clifton Taylor|
|Puppet Design||Eric Van Wyk|
|CONCEPT AND COSTUME DESIGN||Liz Vandal|
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Alice daydreams as her family swirls around her chaotically. She is mesmerized by the mysterious and quirky Lewis Carroll, a family friend, who takes Alice on a boat ride and picnic in the country.
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
During their picnic, Lewis Carroll begins telling Alice an astounding story of a little girl’s
adventures in a wonderland. As Alice drifts to sleep, a White Rabbit hops by. The nervous
Rabbit checks his pocket watch because he’s late. He quickly leaps into a rabbit hole; Alice follows. She falls for what seems like miles. Alice lands with a thud in a hallway filled with closed doors. She drinks a potion and grows quite tall; she fans herself and shrinks quite small. Through a keyhole, the tiny Alice catches her first glimpse of the evil Queen of Hearts. When Alice eats a bit of cake and returns to normal size, she can no longer fit through the tiny door that leads to the wondrous world.
POOL OF TEARS AND THE CAUCUS RACE
Frightened and confused, Alice cries a pool of tears. The Dormouse swims by and befriends Alice. Then, a Dodo Bird, an Eaglet and a flock of Flamingos plop into the pool. The Dodo Bird decides the best way to get everyone dry is to dance a Caucus Race.
PIG AND PEPPER
Alice comes upon a Fish footman who is delivering an invitation to the Queen of Hearts’
croquet game to the Frog footman who works for the Duchess. Inside the Duchess’ cottage, bedlam reigns. The Duchess is agitated because the Cook has put too much pepper into the soup.
THE CHESHIRE CAT / ADVICE FROM A CATERPILLAR / THE MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY
While walking along, Alice comes upon a Cheshire Cat, who appears and disappears on a whim. Later, when Alice looks up to the sky she finds he has become the moon. She then meets a peculiar Caterpillar who smokes a hookah pipe before metamorphosing into a butterfly before her eyes. Next, Alice stumbles into a puzzling tea party with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse.
QUEEN’S GARDEN PARTY AND CROQUET GAME
Card gardeners have accidentally planted white roses in the Queen’s garden. The Queen of Hearts only wishes to grow red roses. Fearing her wrath, they paint the roses red. The Queen’s court spills by and Alice sees her friend the White Rabbit and the Queen’s Joker. Alice is invited by the Queen to play a very different game of croquet using Flamingo mallets and Hedgehogs as croquet balls. Blaming the Hedgehogs for losing the match, the Queen proclaims, “Off with their heads.” Alice saves the Hedgehogs and the angry Queen chases her into the forest.
TWEEDLE DUM AND TWEEDLE DEE AND THE JABBERWOCK
In the forest, Alice happens upon a Rocking-Horse-Fly, a Bread-and-Butterfly and beautiful Snap-Dragon-Flies. Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee playfully argue as they pass by. Alice reflects on her amazing journey with the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Tweedle Twins. The languid group is suddenly threatened by the ultimate danger: the Queen’s Jabberwock. To protect her new friends, Alice slays the beast.
THE TRIAL AND HOME AGAIN
Back at the Queen’s palace, Alice is arrested and put on trial for her crime. Utter confusion breaks out in the court while the Queen shouts, “Off with her head.” Alice realizes the silliness of the Queen and her court and they fall like a house of cards. She awakens from her dream and finds herself at home.