Part rock concert, part theater, see all of your favorite characters as Metro Theater Company presents this new, wild and wondrous take on Lewis Carroll’s beloved, poetic tale of self-actualization. A cast of actors/musicians plays an eclectic mix of everything from soul and rock to punk to ska as Alice chases through Wonderland in search of her own inner musical voice. A fun, hip, and refreshing fusion of music, theatre and poetry, “Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure” is the search for one’s authentic self, asking how can you march to the beat of your own drummer when you’re still writing the song? It places Alice in a strange new world, where she conquers her fears and uses her musical skills to defeat the Jabberwock.
“Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure” is written by award-winning Chicago director/choreographer Rachel Rockwell and adapted from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” “Through the Looking-Glass” and “What Alice Found There.” The musical score is by Chicago-based composer Michael Mahler with lyrics by Rockwell and Mahler.
Unique to the St. Louis premiere is the rearrangement of the score by music director Lamar Harris (aka DJ Nune), St. Louis-based musician, trombonist, turntablist, producer and arranger, who has infused his signature style and influences of soul and neo-soul. From drums, trumpet and French horn to guitar, bass and ukulele, Harris assembled a particular combination of nine instruments to tell the story. Each of the musical’s 10 actors/musicians performs one or more of the memorable characters, and each plays a different instrument live throughout the production. Harris also plays some of the music himself.
“One way that we are taking it and turning it around is that, stylistically, we’ve updated the music,” said Wonderland director and choreographer Jamie McKittrick. “It feels like it is really of now, so that it is music that hopefully the audiences that come will love and that they would listen to themselves.”
“It’s also this girl power extravaganza, where Alice learns how to become a queen, and not just any queen but a queen who is a good citizen,” McKittrick added. “It's really about her finding her own voice, and what it means to find your own voice within a larger community, and that by knowing ourselves and knowing how much our voice matters we can learn how to contribute that voice to a larger community to affect some real change.”
“Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure” makes its St. Louis premiere at The Grandel Dec. 2-30. Metro Theater Company is the first to present the popular production in the greater St. Louis region since its world premiere in Chicago in April 2015.
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