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Gonzaga Theatre Brings ‘Alice’ to Stage, a Creative Adaptation of Carroll’s Classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Posted on January 27, 2014 in: Alumni, Arts, Events, Faculty & Staff, Feature Stories, Spotlight, Students

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s Magnuson Theatre kicks off its 2014 season with “Alice.” Directed by Kathleen Jeffs, Ph.D., and Erin Fitzgerald, the show will run at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21-22, 28 and at 2 p.m. on March 1-2.

Created from the original text of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” Gonzaga’s rendition of “Alice” is written by Devin Devine and produced by seniors Devin Devine, Erin Fitzgerald, Anthony Armstrong, and Hannah Hodulik. It tells the tale of a girl who falls down a rabbit hole into a world of fantasy and derision. Full of magical characters and peculiar situations, a once very curious Alice only longs to go home.

In this creative adaptation of the famous story, the students have enjoyed comparing their own experiences at Gonzaga with Alice’s experiences of being affected by Wonderland and impacting it as well.

“Lewis Carroll’s story ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ runs the theme of how discovery leads to change,” said Fitzgerald. “We thought, as college is a place where discovery and change are basically a part of the curriculum, that the themes in ‘Alice’ can resonate with the journey that our college-age audience is going through.”

The production has been a yearlong endeavor and includes the students being in charge of everything from writing the script to lighting to choreography. The students have chosen to do a modernist twist on the classic.

“The look of the play is going to be stunning. We are going with a steam punk design for the show and the set and costumes are going to incorporate that basic idea, complete with gears and metals,” said Fitzgerald. “It’s a gritty, quirky look and it’s going to be an appealing visual contrast.”

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets purchased prior to Feb. 1 will be entered into a drawing for a tea party at 3 p.m. on Feb. 8 with the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, and Alice at the Silver Spoon Tea House. Before the premiere, a second drawing will be held for 12 reserved seats. Finally, each night of the show one patron will leave with their own Mad Hatter’s hat stuffed with souvenirs from Wonderland.

To reserve tickets, call the Gonzaga Theatre Box Office at (509) 313-6553 or purchase them online. Tickets for the PG show are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

For more information, please contact Summer Berry, marketing coordinator of the theatre and dance program, at (509) 313-3606 or via email. 

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