NEW ADAPTATION OF LEWIS CARROLL’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND MAKES WORLD PREMIERE AT THE SHAW; Three years in the making, Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole starting April 27

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NEW ADAPTATION OF LEWIS CARROLL’S
ALICE IN WONDERLAND MAKES WORLD PREMIERE AT THE SHAW

–  Three years in the making, Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole starting April 27 –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 27, 2016) — Director Peter Hinton’s highly anticipated adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale Alice in Wonderland begins previews today at The Shaw’s Festival Theatre. This ambitious new work was written specifically for the Shaw Festival’s acting ensemble and marks the first time a brand new piece of theatre will appear on the Festival Theatre’s stage. Known for his brilliant theatrical conceptions and wildly imaginative staging, Hinton’s Alice in Wonderland remains loyal to its Victorian origins – fully embracing all the whimsy, delight and joy of the original story – while marrying awe-inspiring visual special effects with delightful theatre magic to create Alice’s epic journey through Wonderland.

Working alongside Hinton, designers Eo Sharp (set), William Schmuck (costumes) Kevin Lamotte (lighting), John Lott (sound), Beth Kates and Ben Chaisson (projections); and Denise Clarke (choreography) have created a magical Wonderland on stage that will engage both children and adults alike. Composer Allen Cole adds to the richness and wonderment of Alice’s journey with 19 original songs.

In the centre of the production is Tara Rosling as the curious and brave Alice. On a trip along the river with her sisters, she is told a story by Rev. Dodgson that has her tumbling down a rabbit hole, where she meets a plethora of peculiar characters, such as the White Rabbit (Ben Sanders), Cheshire Cat (Jennifer Phipps), Mad Hatter (Graeme Somerville), the Duchess (Donna Belleville), March Hare (Kyle Blair) and the Queen of Hearts (Moya O’Connell), who ultimately help her to grow up to face the adult world to which she must inevitably return.

This magical, musical experience also features Guy Bannerman, Neil Barclay, Patty Jamieson, Élodie Gillett, Kiera Sangster, Jonathan Tan, Jacqueline Thair, Jay Turvey and Kelly Wong.

Alice in Wonderland is on stage at the Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake) from April 27 to October 16 (opening May 14).

Major funding for the Shaw Festival’s production of Alice in Wonderland was provided by Michele Darling and Michael Eagen.

Alice in Wonderland is sponsored by BMO Financial Group and has received support from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport through Celebrate Ontario; Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (Tourism Industry Partners Program), Tourism Partnership of Niagara (RTO2); and the Niagara Region through the Niagara Investment in Culture program.

Cast (in alphabetical order):

Guy Bannerman
Neil Barclay
Jahlen Barnes
Donna Belleville
Kyle Blair
Andrew Broderick
Starr Domingue
Élodie Gillett
Patty Jamieson
Emily Lukasik
Natasha Mumba
Marcus Nance
Moya O’Connell
Jennifer Phipps
Tara Rosling
Ben Sanders
Kiera Sangster
Graeme Somerville
Jonathan Tan
Jacqueline Thair
Jay Turvey
Kelly Wong

Creative & Production:

Peter Hinton
Allen Cole
Joanna Falck
Denise Clarke
Eo Sharp
William Schmuck
Kevin Lamotte
Ben Chaisson & Beth Kates
John Lott
Paul Sportelli
Ryan deSouza
Meredith Macdonald
Amy Jewell
Annie McWhinnie

Dodo
French Mouse
Mr Reginald Hargreaves
The Duchess
March Hare
Mr Aubrey Harcourt
Aletheia Cameron
Queen of Diamonds
Dormouse
Edith Liddell
Miss Agnes Grace Weld
Bill the Lizard
Queen of Hearts
Cheshire Cat
Alice Liddell
White Rabbit
Mrs Owen
Mad Hatter
King of Diamonds
Queen of Spades
King of Hearts
Knave of Hearts

Director / Adapter
Music Director / Composer
Dramaturg
Choreographer
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Projection Designers
Sound Designer
Conductor
Associate Conductor / Pianist
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

 

About the Shaw Festival

The Shaw Festival is a theatre company inspired by the work of Bernard Shaw. The Festival produces plays from and about his era along with contemporary plays that share Shaw’s provocative exploration of society and celebration of humanity.

 

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