We venture down the rabbit hole in a brand-new holiday panto! On her first day of skiddle mool—oops, we mean middle school!—Alice Liddle stumbles upon a strange book in the library and ends up in a mysterious, magical place. Cheer the heroes, boo the bad guys, and help Alice find her way home in this panto-tastic take on Lewis Carroll's madcap classic.
So, what IS a musical panto? The panto has been a People’s Light signature for over a decade. With origins dating back to commedia dell’arte, the "pantomime" takes a well-known children's story and turns it on its ear. Every holiday season, audiences of all ages gather in droves to partake in the songs, dances, topical jokes, and jovial camaraderie of this longstanding tradition. This year, People’s Light is thrilled to welcome two Philadelphia icons to the panto family—comedy legend Jennifer Childs writes the book, and award-winning drag performer Eric Jaffe is the audience’s new guide through the magical mayhem in the role of Dinah/Cheshire Cat. And welcome back director Bill Fennelly (Little Red Robin Hood) and composer and lyricist Alex Bechtel (Sleeping Beauty) for another year of holiday hilarity!
Recommended for ages 5 to 105!
Individual Sponsor: Deborah Holt Weil
Relaxed Performances offer a judgment-free environment that invites individuals with autism, ADD, ADHD, dementia, and other sensory sensitivities to enjoy theatre in a relaxed, “shush-free” zone—a great option for parents with young children, too. For each Relaxed Performance, we offer a pre-show Sensory Tour, during which patrons are able to enter the theatre space, view the set and props, and ask questions. This RP features ASL interpretation, and audio description is available upon request.
Sunday, December 11 at 2pm
This performance features American Sign Language interpretation provided by Hands UP Productions. Audio description, provided by Nicole Sardella, is available upon request during this performance. This is also a Relaxed Performance.
Sunday, December 11 at 2pm
During every performance this week, dialogue appears on an LED screen placed near the stage to benefit patrons with hearing impairments, as well as English language learners.
December 27–January 1
Our Smart Caption Glasses offer immersive, real-time captioning for live theatre. These revolutionary glasses display a synchronized transcript of the play directly on the lenses, and are customizable for your comfort.
Glasses are available to reserve for select performances of Alice In Wonderland
December 20–January 1
To expand access to our work, we offer 50%-off Access Nights throughout the season. The discount is automatic for this performance, no promo code required.
Friday, November 18 at 7pm