Tuesday, October 30, 2007
TWU version of Alice in Wonderland to feature puppets
Nothing says "creep me out" like the thought of singing puppets.
Nothing says "creep me out" like the thought of singing puppets enacting Alice in Wonderland. Still, like a train wreck, the idea holds a fascination that may prove hard to turn away from.
That may or may not be the impetus behind the Texas Woman's University drama program's staging of an all-singing, all-puppeteering rendition of the Lewis Carroll classic fantasy tale; regardless, you can see it for yourself starting on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. in the Redbud Theatre Complex - with additional performances on the succeeding three days.
Tickets are $10 for students, children and seniors, or $12 for adults.
From the sound of things, Alice will actually be portrayed by a live actor in the person of Brandianne Kramer of Haltom City. Portraying the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar and other story characters, however, will be actual puppets - about 70 of them. Man, oh, man, keep me away from the prop room or put some cloves of garlic on the door or something - that's a critical mass of fanciful, imbued-with-dramatic-life psuedo-creatures, if I've ever heard of one.
The concept for this production comes from New York-ites Lake Simons and John Dyer, who staged their first puppet-friendly adaptation of Alice at Fort Worth's Hip Pocket Theatre; it then played off-Broadway at the HERE Arts Center.
Call the TWU Box Office for tickets: 940-898-2020.
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