Director Portia Ezell said that this version of “Alice” was created for the Prince Street Players, and is ideal for touring companies and community theaters. The script and song lyrics were written by Jim Eiler, who co-wrote the music with Jeanne Bargy, according to www.mtishows.com.
Ezell said the show would be suited to a large cast, and that she could probably cast between 40 and 45 people. She said that for the last two shows, the cast was more than 40. She said there are several reasons that she thought the show would prove to be a good choice.
“I like that it provides for a large cast and allows for a large age range,” she said. “It also gives us the opportunity to do a lot with the costumes and sets. (Set designer) Paul (Fourshee)’s head is already whirling with ideas.”
Ezell said the show was also a good choice for a community theater production because, like 2006’s “Seussical: The Musical” and last year’s “The Wiz,” “Alice in Wonderland” is a story that will be familiar to audiences, even though probably wouldn’t have heard of this particular version. She said it is also a story that can be interpreted on several levels and that everyone can relate to the character of Alice to some degree.
“The story appeals to children, but adults can look at the theme of meeting and overcoming challenges and the theme of self-discovery,” Ezell said. “Plus, we all know someone like the Mad Hatter or the very vindictive Queen of Hearts, like our bosses or teachers.”
Ezell said it would be interesting to see how audiences respond to the show because it is not a Broadway musical and the songs won’t likely be known to anyone. She said she expected it to be a lot of fun for the cast and the audience.
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