Lookingglass Alice, a flying tea party


Jump down the rabbit hole after Alice in Lookingglass Alice. Alice is a pawn who wants to become a queen, but can she make it to the other side of the board? Along the way Alice will meet an inquisitive caterpillar, an odd knight, the red queen, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb, the Cheshire cat and many other odd things. Will Alice make it to the ball to become queen, or will she just be swept away in a sea of tears.?

  David Caitlin’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s works, “Alice Through the Looking glass”, “Alice in Wonderland”, and “What Alice Found there”. Features highflying acrobatics, comedy, song, and dance. The actors play their parts well and they improvise often. Audience members should prepare to become part of the show. The stunts are cool to watch, and actors often take flight. The caterpillar will remind anyone of a curious toddler, as it constantly asks, “Why?” The white queen grows younger and younger still as Humpty Dumpty falls off his wall and the Cheshire cat explains why he is mad. Lookingglass Alice is best described as a gravity defying tea party.

            Lauren Hirte and Lindsey Noel Whiting take turns being Alice. Both of them perform impressive acrobatic feats, like flying though the air, climbing up a rope while reciting a line over and over again, and occasionally getting flipped upside down. Adeoye plays the Cheshire cat and other characters. Kevin Douglas acts as the Mad Hatter as well as several other characters. Samuel Taylor plays the White Knight and others. Mr. Taylor rides an unicycle that seems to be taller than he is. All the actors and actresses perform impressive acrobatic feats.

The costumes are very impressive. The red queens dress elevates her height by several feet, and the White Knight radiates silliness from his appearance.

            I would recommend this play for people eight and up, as there are some scenes that may scare little kids, and may even make older audiences jump a little bit. There are also parts of the show in which small children may not be able to contain their excitement.

            Lookingglass Alice is a great play for children eight years old to 800 years old.