On Stage: Alice in Wonderland

Lots of colour, movement and jokes ensures a new stage production of Alice in Wonderland  offers something for all audiences.

The cast of Alice in Wonderland.

Members of the cast of Alice in Wonderland.*

For youngsters, there’s the chance to see some rather colorful characters on stage. For older children there are some fun jokes, which two of my `dates’ for the show, seven and 11-year old boys, are already re-telling to their friends.

And for all ages there’s the opportunity to appreciate the works of talented actors and puppeteers and the use of clever staging to bring Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic to life.

Caterpillar (Jackson McGovern) and Alice (Georgia Walker) were two of my `dates' favourite characters.

Caterpillar (Jackson McGovern) and Alice (Georgia Walker) were two of my `dates’ favourite characters.*

The one hour show (ideal for youngsters) tells of Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole where, on chasing the White Rabbit, she meets such characters as Mad Hatter, March Hare, Dormouse Cheshire Cat and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

The Queen of Hearts, played by actor Simon Burvill-Holme, Caterpillar  (Jackson McGovern) and Alice (Georgia Walker) were the children’s favourite characters.

My `adult’ companions were impressed with the work of all cast members – who between them brought 20 characters to life on stage. Several actors play more than one role.

The Mad Tea Party

The Mad Tea Party*

The costumes are another highlight of the show. It comes as no surprise to discover they were designed by Emmy Award winning costume designer, Diana Ed.

It’s easy to see why Alice in Wonderland, presented by Rapidfire International and M2 Productions, has enjoyed highly successful seasons in New York, Los Angeles and Brisbane.

Alice in Wonderland is playing at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre on January 10, Adelaide’s Her Majesty Theatre on January 12, Canberra’s Theatre Centre on 14 January and Sydney’s State Theatre on April 19. Visit the Alice in Wonderland website for more information.

*Photo credit: GW Photography

Jenny Burns attended a performance of Alice in Wonderland at the Athenaeum Theatre on January 9 as a guest of the producers.

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