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Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Panto
November 16 January 1
Our holiday tradition is back!

We venture down the rabbit hole in a brand-new holiday panto! On her first day of skiddle mooloops, 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

November 16-January 1, 2023 Book by Jennifer Childs Music & Lyrics by Alex Bechtel Directed by Bill Fennelly Leonard C. Haas Stage
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Cast and Creative Team
Kim Carson
Stepmom/Red Queen
Avery Goodname
Mean Flower/Tweedle
Dinah/Cheshire Cat
Justin Jain
Dad/White Rabbit
Mean Flower/Tweedle
Susan McKey
March Hare
Mary Elizabeth Scallen
Miss Hart/Queen of Hearts
Angel Sigala
Ensemble/Swing
Grace Ellis Solomon
Alice
Doormouse
Ariana Valdes
Hattie/Mad Hatter
Tiara Whaley
Ensemble/Swing
Music & Lyrics
Director
Abdul-Hamid Royal
Music Director
Eli Lynn
Fight Director
Melanie Cotton
Choreographer
Eric Jaffe
Drag/Gender Representation Consultant
Rebecca Kanach
Costume Designer
Mike Inwood
Lighting Designer
Arlo Ambrose
Wig Designer
Ari Malave
Makeup Designer
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For Educators
ALICE IN WONDERLAND is available for school-day field trips. Learn more about the educational opportunities here.
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Relaxed Performance

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

ASL Interpretation & Audio Description

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

Open Captioning

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

Smart Caption Glasses

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

Access Nights

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