I am tickled pink to be directing Alice In Wonderland this summer. Below I have constructed the beginnings of some of the design conversations and ideas for the show. I love pictures (as you'll see) and I hope that these will give you a better idea of the experience we're hoping to create with Alice this summer.
Prologue is a black and white world begging to be soaked in color.
Wonderland sounds like an out of tune one man band.
Wonderland contains every color and texture other than boring.
At its core, I believe this play is a coming of age story. Alice is struggling with her desire to be playful and mischievous vs. what she’s told is appropriate for a girl her age. I think that’s something everyone can relate to, not just children. How do you grow up but still maintain an air of fun and excitement? With that being said, I’d like to marry two conceptual ideas. The first being, that Wonderland is completely fabricated in Alice’s mind. This is HER wonderland, her invention, her dreams, her journey and characterizations of what she experiences in WonderLESSland. The second being, that in her mind Alice views Wonderland as a topsy-turvy Carnival of sorts.
I want us to think about ways to take the audience on this adventure in a physical and intensely tangible way. New Victory Theatre recently did a production of HANSEL AND GRETEL in which the audience literally walked through the forest to reach the playing space. I’d like for us to consider doing something similar forALICE. I’d like to think of the audience literally falling down the rabbit hole with Alice. Let’s create a portal to Wonderland.
LIGHTS: When we’re in WonderLESSland the lighting will be natural, day light.
She is seeing things clearly but still with wonder…
COSTUMES: Lewis Carroll wrote Alice n Wonderland in the late 19th century. This is an era known for its invention and discovery, which I find particularly interesting since his novel is all about a young lady challenging her own imagination and wanting to discover what’s beyond the ordinary. Wonderland itself exists in time continuum of its own, but I’d like to keep WonderLESSland in something reminiscent of the 19th century.
I'd like to close out this blog with the following video clip . I believe it perfectly illustrates this idea of finding a balance between everyday obligation and the desire to just play. Check it out! I promise it will add a little wonder to your day!