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A New Twist on an Old Classic: "Alice in Wonderland"


October 2012

For the children's musical this year, St. Ambrose will be presenting an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" called Alice in Wonderland: A New Adventure.

As director, Daniel Rairdin-Hale will certainly add his own unique flair, some of which will include movement with puppets. However, these aren't the average hand puppets to which you may be accustomed. The puppets will range from five to over ten feet tall and will take as many as three people to operate. Of which, Rairdin-Hale said, "It will be an exciting learning experience for our students."

Having been a part of other productions of Alice in Wonderland in the past, Rairdin-Hale said, "I wanted to see if I could do something different with it; create a Wonderland in a different way."

He is looking forward to the freedom that a children's show offers to make bigger and bolder choices. Additionally, he feels that the Wonderland setting opens these choices up even further. One of the most exciting parts of directing a children's show, he said is that "children are very honest. You'll know right away if they like the show or not. But if they do like it, they are some of the most appreciative."

Auditions will be held in Allaert Auditorium on Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 10 at 4 p.m.. Students should be ready to play with some of the puppets in addition to the regular audition process of monologues and sides from the script.

Alice in Wonderland: A New Adventure will be presented in Allaert Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2.

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