Nashua’s Peacock Players to debut ‘Alice in Wonderland’ featuring Hollis, Brookline kids
Friday, September 20, 2013
NASHUA – Peacock Players, New Hampshire’s premiere award winning youth theater, proudly presents the world premiere of “Alice In Wonderland,” a new original adaptation by Michael Shawn O’Keefe and Keith Weirich, based on the children’s classic by Lewis Carroll, for two weekends in October at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua.
Lewis Carroll’s classic heroine takes a tumble down an enchanted rabbit hole to an off-kilter world of punctual rabbits, talking caterpillars, mock turtles and mad tea parties, where playing cards hold court and nothing is quite as it seems.
Whimsy and wordplay are the order of the day in this original and imaginative adaptation of a favorite for generations of children and adults alike.
Peacock Players’ foray into Wonderland sizzles with surprises. This new adaptation was created and penned by Broadway veteran and Peacock Players Artistic Director, Weirich, and Peacock Players alumni, O’Keefe.
“Peacock Players has been a consistent community leader of theater arts education and award-
winning Mainstage productions,” Weirich said. “In our constant pursuit to offer cutting-edge, interactive theatrical experiences, we wanted to premiere an original adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy. ‘Alice In Wonderland’ is a story in and of itself about the pursuit of education. This project seemed like a perfect marriage for an original work.”
“It is a great privilege to reinvent the timeless backdrop of Wonderland for a whole new generation of young adventurers,” O’Keefe added. “This version of the children’s classic stays true to the literary work, and offers a truly unique
“We are so thrilled to re-imagine and bring ‘Alice In Wonderland’ to our students and audiences because it is such a unique fantasy,” Weirich said.
“This new adaptation takes many of the most popular moments from both ‘Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland’ and ‘Through The Looking-Glass,’ and intertwines them in a very complex and unique way including the use of puppetry, English pantomime, song, dance and shadow play. This is a new telling of a classic story, told in an exciting new way.”
The cast features Melissa Oittinen, of Brookline, as the Caterpillar, as well as Natalie Bingham, of Hollis, Ian McNabb, of Brookline, Snowie McNabb, of Brookline, and Jesse Putney, of Brookline. Other featured performers include more than 40 members of New Hampshire’s most recognized and awarded young theater performers.
This Peacock Players Mainstage production will be sponsored in part by Mint Printworks Screen Print and Design, Costumes of Nashua and the Telegraph.
“Alice In Wonderland” is rated G for all audiences.
“Alice In Wonderland” will mark the inaugural production of Peacock Players 38th Annual Mainstage season. New Hampshire’s premiere award-winning youth theater will next present the local debut of the Broadway smash hit “Shrek the Musical” in November. For more information regarding Peacock Players upcoming Mainstage productions, auditions, classes and events, visit www.peacockplayers.org.