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Inventive and Engaging, ALICE: A NEW MUSICAL is a Fresh Trip Down the Rabbit Hole

Inventive and Engaging, ALICE: A NEW MUSICAL is a Fresh Trip Down the Rabbit Hole
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An immersive experience from start to finish, TheatreLAB and Firehouse Theatre's production of Andrew Barbato and Lesley Anderson's ALICE: A NEW MUSICAL brings Lewis Carroll's cherished classic to life through innovative storytelling, high-energy performances and a bit of theatrical sleight of hand. Led by an all-female cast, ALICE is one of the most creative uses of The Basement to date.

Under the imaginative hand of Adam Ferguson, The Basement is transformed into a 360-degree Wonderland. Serving as the director, scenic designer and props master, Ferguson displays the kind of vision and talent that take years to hone. Maggie McGrann's costume design is clever and colorful. Skyler Broughman's lighting design uses stage lighting and prop lighting effectively. Kate Belleman's creative choreography propels the story forward. Considering that members of the all-female cast frequently sing parts written for men, Starlet Knight's musical direction is remarkable.

Twenty-something Rachel Marrs is convincing as Alice, and strikes the perfect balance of rebellious and curious in her portrayal of the 13 year old. Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge is frantic and nimble as the dancing White Rabbit. Grey Garrett's White Queen is a dominating presence. Mallory Keene takes on an embellished French accent as the cook. A scene-stealer, Maggie Bavolack is hilarious as the Caterpillar, a baby and Tweedle Dum.

Embodying multiple roles, and going through countless costume changes, the entire cast works overtime to make an old story fresh again.

Don't be late, don't be late for this very important date. ALICE: A NEW MUSICAL is slated to close August 26.

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