Performing Arts | Spring Play

ANC Presents, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Adapted By TIM KELLY
Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Denver, Colorado

My family loaded up into the deep blue GMC Conversion Van and left for vacation. I wasn’t there. I was in the sandbox, playing away, making roads, flooding areas. No one noticed I wasn’t there. That is until the guy housesitting found me. This was before cell phones. We raced up the Pike to try and overtake my wayward family. We did eventually catch them. To this day, I am known as the “forgotten child”. Maybe this is why I have always been drawn to Alice’s tale.

On the one hand, it’s about a girl who wants a world where she can someday become queen… aka have a voice, be heard, and obeyed. Who wouldn’t want that? I was also drawn to this world because of its denizens, some terrifying, some zany, some quirky, some anxious, but all memorable as Alice journeys on.

So off I set, with a new Assistant Director (Luke David), down the rabbit hole and into a world of mad-hatters and talking caterpillars, where size is in constant flux, where you have to run very fast just to stay where you are and the more things change the more they stay the same. I entered auditions with barest sketches of this ever-shifting world and found out that everyone wanted to join me in Wonderland. I suppose word got around that theater is fun. Curiouser and curiouser…

But as the White Rabbit tends to shout, there was always a feeling a being late, behind our time, not ready. We dove right into four rehearsals a week! No time to catch one's breath. No time to clean the teacups, or build a set, or find the costumes for the largest cast I had ever worked with. Find a clean cup, move down. Don’t stop. Don’t hesitate. Don’t go backward. They might not realize you’re just as lost as they are in this land of flying trees, flipping crew members, constant sounds and lights--and who moved my mushroom?

And then--like Alice, I found myself. I found that the sets were built. The cast attired in fantastical garments. The world came alive, and it was warm and fluid. I found comfort--they told me they would be there, should I need them. That’s what friends are for. Thank you to the cast and crew who made this little part of me, be found where it had been lost--deep down at the bottom of a hole--and guide it back to the light.

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