Alice in Wonderland

Comedy based on children’s literature 

 "The most hilarious madcap fun!" - Broadway World

Alice in wonderland

An Adaptation by Mark Landon Smith

A modern retelling of the classic tale! Lewis Carroll’s trip to Wonderland brings Alice into the 21st century with sharp-edged humor as she traverses the land of the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and the blustery Queen of Hearts.

ASL interpreted performance: Friday, Oct. 25 @ 7:30pm


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Article: GREAT brings Alice in Wonderland into 21st century

Sarah Colburn, Special to the TimesPublished 5:00 p.m. CT Oct. 15, 2019

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With modern day references to Starbucks and a neon green caterpillar who brings a yoga-esque vibe to the stage, GREAT Theatre presents a zany adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” that is anything but expected.

“I think its characters we know already and love, like Alice and the Caterpillar, but they have some new lines and more topical, current humor,” said Dennis Whipple, executive director of GREAT.

The mysterious Cheshire Cat, the kooky Mad Hatter and the ever-stern Queen of Hearts all make appearances, but these classics hit the stage with new pop culture references and comedy. The adaptation is by Mark Landon Smith and features some additional changes by GREAT to add appearances by the ever-lovable Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

Fourteen-year-old Lilly Seamans plays Alice and said she’s always admired the character for her imagination. Now as she takes to the stage, she said Alice has become a mix of naivete and know-it-all who’s filled with a juxtaposition of emotions. “I keep in mind Alice’s emotions throughout the whole show, confusion, frustration, excitement about the things she creates but is still surprised about,” Seamans said.

Putting a twist on the classics, Seamans said, brings out new aspects of traditional characters and keeps things fresh, relatable and interesting.

“It gives you something new to think about,” she said.

While the 31-member cast tells the story from the stage, set designer Rich Kimmerle has been working to create the perfect backdrop for the production. He began building the set even before “Chicago” opened and though he took a break to complete that show, he’s been working on these pieces since early July. The set is multi-faceted, but at its epicenter has four rolling hedges that define the various areas of the stage.

Kimmerle designed one of the hedges with LED color changing roses that morph from white to red in the rose garden. He fashioned the roses with a 3D printer, manipulating them in AutoCAD, creating a silicone mold and pouring clear resin to create the final product.

“These large hedges that turn and stand help steer the direction of the show,” Kimmerle said. “It’s a dance and choreography with those pieces to try and help create the scenes.” The challenge with this production, he said, is how rapidly the cast moves from one scene to the next. He created objects that can be used multiple times during the show to create different atmospheres.

“It’s not so much my vision but what’s going to be appealing to audiences, to help tell the story so they become a part of the show themselves by really feeling the movement,” he said.

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Tweedledee and Tweedledum bring the show directly to the audience, mixing with people in the lobby and hosting a pre-curtain ditty as the show opens.

“We get the audience all limbered up,” said Michael Gonzalez, who plays Tweedledee.

Alice in Wonderland runs Oct. 18 to 27 at the Paramount Center for the Arts. There will be an ASL-interpreted performance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Tickets for all shows can be found at


Cast List

Alice: Lilly Seamans
Edith/Violet: Tierney Hammer
White Rabbit: Alex Zapf
Door: Jason Schindler
Cheshire Cat: Grecia Lopez
Madge: Elizabeth Schultz
Caterpillar: Aaron Trompeter
Footman: Jude Litterst
Cook: Nikki Mackedanz
Duchess: Nelia Peterson
Rose: Gabby Fritz
Lily: Hannah Schindler
Daisy: Subeda Siad
Amaryllis: Rayna Jones
Poppy: Divya Subramaniam
Humpty Dumpty: Zachary May
Mad Hatter: Timothy Jones
March Hare: Caleb LaFleur
Dormouse: Rhenn Thole
Table/Soldier 1: Claire DeLeo
Table/Soldier 2: Walker Prescott
Soldier 3: Josiah Schultz
Soldier 4: Ashley Zimmerman
Queen of Hearts: Bridget Deutz
King of Hearts: Delenore Morrison
Gardener 1/Caterpillar legs: Jadyn Rolling
Gardener 2/Caterpillar legs: Savita Subramaniam
Gardener 3: Aliya Rone
Gardener 4: Camille Weber
TweedleDee: Michael Gonzalez
TweedleDum: Max Finlayson


DIRECTOR: Bonnie Bologna
SET DESIGN: Rich Kimmerle
COSTUME DESIGN: Jessica Mancini
LIGHT DESIGN: Erin Belpedio

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