‘Alice in Wonderland’ World Premiere Opens at YCDS

By Paige Hoke, Theater Faculty

Almost everyone knows the story of “Alice in Wonderland.” Set in the whimsical world of Wonderland, a place with giant toadstools, talking flowers and lots of color, the imaginative story was first written by Lewis Carroll in 1865. This story really has it all — a lost heroine, danger, adventure, and many colorful characters.

The fun and whimsy is what drew me to pick this show for this season. There are so many opportunities to be creative and think outside of the box. Most people will probably think of the Disney movie when they think of the story, but did you also know that our version of “Alice in Wonderland” will be a world premiere? This means that it has never been done anywhere before, and our audiences will be the first to see it!


When I started to look at script adaptations, I felt a little bit like Goldilocks. Some scripts had too many characters, some not enough. Some left things out of the book that I wanted to include, and some included things I didn’t feel necessary. So I decided that I would adapt the original story especially for YCDS! This has enabled us to fit the number of characters to the number of students that auditioned, allowing everyone to be involved that wished to be. I was also able to write it in a way that would suit our space and strengths.

The result has been a really entertaining version of the story that we have thoroughly enjoyed preparing. The students have been able to give some input into the script and have really latched on to portraying their characters. When you have larger than life characters like the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, and Queen of Hearts (just to name a few), it’s hard not to have a fun time.

The fun hasn’t stopped onstage. We have also been very busy creating the world of Wonderland. Art students have been working on sketching and painting our backdrops for the show. The students in Stagecraft have been busy creating boxes and crates that will be used onstage, as well as many props and costume pieces.

I sincerely hope that you’ll come see our many hours of work. You’ll be sure to laugh, applaud, and wonder during this production! The show runs November 1, 2, and 3 at 7 p.m. in the Ann Barshinger Center for the Arts. Tickets are $7 and can be bought at the door before each performance or in advance online at this here.