The Open House Theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland has started its run, and I couldn’t be more proud of the result. Writing the script was a wonderful experience, and Open House has used it to create a show that is both hysterical, and genuinely touching. I am so grateful to the many talented people who helped make this show a reality. Though I will miss working on Alice in Wonderland, I am incredibly excited to be writing a script for a new commission, which will be officially announced sometime in the near future.
As the Cheshire Cat disappears, Alice notes that she’s “often seen a cat without a grin” but has never seen a “grin without a cat” before. The Cheshire Cat is a fan favorite character in the Alice stories, and I am thrilled about the way we’re bringing him onstage. Well, floating above the stage to be more specific.
Here’s a sneak peek at a few of our costume pieces, created by the Open House Theatre and the incredibly talented Emma Downey.
From left to right: March Hare, Frog Footman, Queen of Hearts
Alice’s Adventures in the Library, based on Lewis Carroll’s classic stories, was adapted by Ricky McMurry for a children’s library fundraiser in Clinton, Wisconsin. Ricky and his co-director Orianna O’Neill auditioned both members of the Clinton community as well as students from Beloit College for this production. The cast was comprised of actors of all ages and walks of life. While a few members of the cast had extensive performance experience, many others were performing for the first time. This adaptation focused heavily on the importance of reading and its importance to a thriving community. The cast worked together in building costumes, assembling a set, and creating a meaningful performance for the people of Clinton. The proceeds of this production were dedicated to the creation of a larger children’s library, so that the members of the community would be able to enjoy stories like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for generations to come.
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