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March 6, 2013

Alice and crew have a high old time at WLAC

Corsicana — Take a peek inside the strange and curious world of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as interpreted by the wonderful (and slightly peculiar) mind of director C. David Hill.

“In the 1860’s when ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’ were written, India played a big part in the British Empire,” Hill said. “So Alice would have been familiar with India .... she was a girl who knew and thought about a lot of things. I love a strong, powerful role model who questions the world around her.”

Alice is masterfully played by Catherine Monk, who has a keen sense of comedic timing for one so young. She also mastered quite a bit of dialogue for this role, and her facial expressions and mannerisms are delightful. The fun begins when the perpetually-tardy white rabbit, played by Cole Curlee-Young, tempts young Alice to chase him and she falls down the infamous rabbit hole.

The scenes that follow occur “in and around, over and under Wonderland.” The Red Queen played by Grace Sowell is kindly and helpful; the White Queen, by Annot Walthall is highly dotty; and Alison Williams’ Queen of Hearts is quite imposing as she repeats her mantra, “Off with his head!”

There are darling hedgehogs, beautiful talking flowers, playing cards with attitude, and of course, the Cheshire Cat and Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Kate Keathley’s Caterpillar is not to be missed.

The Mad Hatter, played with anxiety-ridden perfection by Luke Marrs, is accompanied at “tea” by his sidekicks the March Hare, played by Lexie Owen, and a narcoleptic Dormouse (Erin Jones).

The scene between the gorgeous Duchess, Heather Boyd and the one-note Cook, Kayla Rozelle, are intriguing, as is the exchange between Alice and the cantankerous Humpty (Irvin Horn).

Thanks to some last-minute cast changes, the role of the Equestrian-challenged Knight is played with great glee by none other than the director Hill himself, who is not to be missed in the final scene.

Fun costumes, bright colors, charming children and clever dialogue combine with a mostly British musical score to make this a fun evening for the entire family. The show runs through Sunday, and tickets may be obtained by calling the Warehouse Living Arts Theatre at (903) 872-5421.

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