‘Alice In Wonderland’ with a twist


Jean Rahner’s A Classic Theatre (ACT) is kicking off Romanza Festivale of the Arts, taking a leap into the avant-garde, with its new production of The Manhattan Project’s “Alice In Wonderland,” Lewis Carroll’s classic with a twist.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 12-13 at the Gamache Theatre in Flagler College’s Ringhaver Center, 50 Sevilla St., opposite the main post office in downtown St. Augustine.

The audience follows Alice down the rabbit hole into the strange and artistic world of Wonderland, filled with strange and whimsical characters who lead her on a darkly hilarious, creative, dramatic adventure.

The cast is extraordinary. Included are many actors familiar to St. Augustine audiences. Lovely and talented Christine Fogarty stars as Alice. She’s onstage throughout, being challenged and tested by a White Rabbit, two queens, a host of animals, and a Mad Hatter. Her adventures are presented as a continuous series of disconnected vignettes. There’s no time wasted in scene changes, nor an intermission.

The four major supporting actors have multiple roles. Frank Riccardo is Lewis Carroll, March Hare, and Humpty Dumpty. Olivia Gowan is Lory, the Frog, Dormouse and the White Queen. Kelly McTaggart is the Narrator, Dodo, the Caterpillar, the Red King, Forest and the White Knight. Carol Mandel is the Duck, the Duchess, Cheshire Cat, and the Red Queen. Elliot Stone is the Mad Hatter; Min Stone the Crab; Kate Masters the Mouse.

With each change of character, the identity of the one currently onstage is confirmed to the audience by a projection onto a rear screen. The performance is concert-style, midway between classic theatrical and staged reading. The actors move about freely, relating to each other, interpreting their roles, their scripts available for reference on music stands, along with an impressive array of props and costume accessories.

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door or by calling 904-829-5807. Go to aclassictheatre.org for more details.