The young at heart will inevitably enjoy Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories; and the Roy Surette adaptation pulls out the some of the very best among the many intriguing episodes we all remember reading as children. A packed house gave their full attention to the wonderful vision imparted by the Carousel production team’s presentation of Alice: A Wonderland including the talented efforts of among others: director Carol Higgins’, musical director Kerry O’Donovan, choreographer Todd Talbot, set designer Bryan Pollock, and costume diva & mask painter, Marina Szijarto. Several aspects of this wonderful performance stood out as worthy of mention. Chief among them was a hilariously entertaining neo-burlesque interpretation of the song You Can’t Beat Time, involving the bass renderings of campy night-clubby serenades of the Mad Hatter played admirably by Paul Herbert, and the lovely, if amusingly somnolent, vocal talents of Amy Wallace as the Dormouse. Claire Mortifee was a stand-out, and she danced and sang her way into the hearts of the audience as young Alice Liddell. It is easy to believe that this talented young 12-year-old has already played lead roles in school productions of The Music Man as Marian the Librarian, and Ida in HONK! I can hardly wait to see what she will do next. Carousel’s upcoming productions include the Teen Shakespeare Program presentation of The Comedy of Errors, July-August 2005; the Carousel’s presentation of Peter Pan in December; and an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows in April, 2006. You will want to accompany your children, grandchildren, or just bring your own inner child to these performances.
Carousel Theatre presents Alice: A Wonderland from April 8-30 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.