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TWU Drama presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with puppets, music
DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University drama program puts a new twist on a classic tale with an adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” that features puppets and music.
Performances will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8; at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9; at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. All performances will take place in the Redbud Theatre Complex, located on the northwest side of historic Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. Tickets are $10 for children, students and seniors and $12 for adults. For reservations or more information, call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.
Based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this version follows Alice (portrayed by Brandianne Kramer of Haltom City) down the rabbit hole and into a world where she encounters puppets in the roles of the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar and more. Cast and crew will build more than 70 puppets to make Carroll’s whimsical tale come alive on stage.
The TWU performance is only the third production of the adaptation by co-creators Lake Simons and John Dyer, both of New York. The first performance was at Fort Worth’s Hip Pocket Theatre, and it most recently was performed off-Broadway at the HERE Arts Center in New York City. Ms. Simons is the director/choreographer for the production, and Mr. Dyer composed the music.
Professional artist Nikki DeShae Smith will design the lighting, and TWU master’s degree candidate William Walker will design and create the Edwardian costumes for the production. Crystal Holub of Irving serves as stage manager, and Christina Williams is the assistant to the director.
The ensemble cast includes Samantha Bianchini of Keller; Crystal Bratton of Plano; Colleen Carroll of Irving; Tiffany Felty of Denison; Brittany Fowler of Decatur; Georgana Jinks of Sachse; Elizabeth Lambert of Trenton; Jill Laney of Fort Worth; Daniel Pucul of Sherman; Kami Rogers of Watauga; Clay White of Whiteface; and Gerald Young of Denton.
Tel: (940) 898-3456