Alice in Wonderland (Turner)

by  Lewis Carroll, Charles Turner, Steve Moore

Short Musical, Comedy  /  13m, 10f

The journey of Alice through the mirror to the land of bizarre characters and strange "pretzel-logic" is retold in this ingenious adaptation with a great sense of farce and a loving touch of humanity.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    13m, 10f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This engaging musicalization of the well-known classic has toured with enormous success and has grown in popularity since its publication.  The journey of Alice through the mirror to the land of bizarre characters and strange "pretzel-logic" is retold in this ingenious adaptation with a great sense of farce and a loving touch of humanity.  All the popular characters are brought to life with full flair and color.  The music is extremely melodic and captures the essence of plot and character developments.

 

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Victorian (British and American)
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting:

    With the exception of the opening and closing scenes (same set), the rest of the play is all set in the realm of fantasy and totally open to the imagination of the designers. The costuming of the show is total fantasy with the exception of Alice's costume which can be either Victorian or contemporary with very little influence on the rest of the show. The last four pages of the script deal with production notes about certain "special effects" in the show and how the original producers and others have accomplished them.

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Casting

13m, 10f

ALICE
WHITE RABBIT
DUCK
DODO
GRYPHON
MOCK TURTLE
CATERPILLAR
TWEEDLE-DEE
TWEEDLE-DUM
CHESHIRE CAT
COOK
DUCHESS
MAD HATTER
MARCH HARE
DORMOUSE
TWO OF CLUBS
THREE OF CLUBS
FIVE OF CLUBS
NINE OF CLUBS
QUEEN OF HEARTS
KING OF HEARTS

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

The play was originally written for production by a community college drama department and the purpose was to provide about 20, or so, individual vignette parts within the hour-long format of a musical for children. However, other producing groups may wish to expand or condense the cast to suit their own needs. The male/female casting designation is also based upon the casting of the original production. Given the fantasy nature of the story and setting, many "liberties' can be taken. For instance, in the original production the part of the Queen of Hearts was played by an imposing, strong-voiced man (to get the right "command" for the character) and the part of the King of Hearts was played by a small young woman in order to get the contrast in characters.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

1 Piano/Vocal Score
10 Vocal Chorus Books

Flute
Clarinet
Percussion
Bass

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Authors

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll

Charles Turner

Charles Turner

Steve Moore

Steve Moore

Alice in Wonderland was first presented at El Camino College in Torrance, California, on May 30, 1975. It was directed by Dorothy La Spina.

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