Mainstage Production Highlights
The world premiere of Wonderland showed on our Studio East stage three weekends in May and June. It was a tremendous success thanks to our very talented young performers and all of those who cheered them on.
A Word From Wonderland Director & Writer Sam Pettit…
Wonderland has been an interesting experience taking such a well-known story and adapting it into a modern fairy tale suited to children and young adults. Since the Alice stories are centered around different board games, Justin Beal (Wonderland’s musical director) and I worked to find a modern equivalent, and thus we came to the concept of video games.
It was also important to us to create a hero who was flawed and who had something that needed to be learned. Our students are dealing with much more than a simple tea party, so we took great pains to make our Alice’s issues more complex and relatable. Often children’s stories have simple morals of “do good and don’t do bad,” or the lead character is a special “chosen one” for no apparent reason. Our Alice, however, has a lot to deal with, and this makes her a much more three dimensional character.
Taking material and adapting it for the stage is like a wonderful game with different puzzles around the plot and structure that have to be solved. As creative individuals, it’s a very rewarding process to watch a musical go from concept to full production in less than a year. The students, as well as Justin and myself, enjoyed the challenge of bringing the story of Wonderland to you. We hope you all enjoyed it.
A Word From Wonderland Audience Member, Jennifer Morton Kirkland…
“Wonderland is just lovely. Bittersweet and hilarious, topical (for our family) and sad. I am so very impressed, even more than my usual with the Studio. I plan to buy the DVD, I want a soundtrack, and I wouldn’t say no to a songbook either. This one really touched me, and it’s my favorite I’ve seen at the Studio thus far.”