PUNTA GORDA – Whether via the written word, theatrical production or silver screen, fans throughout the world have celebrated the magical journey of Alice in Wonderland for nearly 150 years.
The latest adaptation will grace the stage of Edison State College Charlotte Campus beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, compliments of the Delta Psi Omega (DPO) theatre fraternity.
“I think audiences of all ages will be pleasantly surprised with our version of Alice in Wonderland,” Charlotte campus Theatre Director Sherie Ragan said. “This performance includes all the wonderful characters everyone loves, from Alice and the Mad Hatter to the White Knight and Cheshire Cat. And it’s a perfect fit for Charlotte County; whether you’re 8 or 80 it’s a show everyone will flock to.”
Edison’s production of Alice in Wonderland includes a 7:30 p.m. show on Nov. 20 and the finale at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 21. General admission tickets are $10, students with ID are $7 and children under 12 are $5. To purchase tickets visit edison.edu/charlotte/theatre or call 941-637-3513.
The cast is a combination of Edison State students, alumni and Edison Collegiate High School students. The title role of Alice is played by Edison newcomer Heather Weir. Edison theatre veterans Kyle Smothers and Joseph White II will portray the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit, respectively. Jackie Flannery will play the Queen of Hearts with Jonathan Myers as the Cheshire Cat.
Edison’s adaption is based off of Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus’ version of Alice in Wonderland. Without giving too much away, Smothers said they used the original illustrations by John Tenniel as inspiration.
“We’ve had a lot of fun bringing Alice and all the great characters to life on stage,” said Amanda Morales, who plays Dormouse. “With such a well know work we know there are certain expectations the audience will have. But there’s also a tremendous amount of creative flexibility and we’re confident audiences will leave extremely satisfied.”
Alice in Wonderland is the third Edison production under the direction of Ragan. Audiences were treated to Noises Off in fall of 2009 and last spring’s musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.