Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

A Sequel That Was Equal ; LimeLight Stages Rarely Performed 'Alice through the Looking Glass'

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

A Sequel That Was Equal ; LimeLight Stages Rarely Performed 'Alice through the Looking Glass'

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WANT TO GO? Alice Through The Looking Glass Presented by LimeLight Theatre WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. 7 p.m. May 6 and 7. 2 p.m. May 8. WHERE: Capitol Theater, 123 Summers St. TICKETS: Adults $15. Children 12 and under $12. Four tickets for $40. INFO: 304-766-7923 or www.thelime lighttheatre.com

Odds are, you've probably seen some version of "Alice in Wonderland."

The cartoon is a Disney Classic, considered one of their best. There also have been several live-action versions, including one starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, but Kelly Strom says almost nobody has seen the second half of the story, "Alice Through The Looking Glass. LimeLight Theatre's director said, "Nobody has. Nobody does the play.

She sighed, adding, "Nobody reads the book.

On Friday night, Limelight Theatre Company will open its production of Lewis Carroll's other "Alice book.

Strom promises a spectacle.

"It's technically very challenging, she said. "There are things coming out of places where they shouldn't. At one point, we have a chessboard in the middle of a field, and there's a train that comes and then disappears.

There's a lot to see, plus a new cast of strange characters, some of which will be familiar, but many that will not be. In the Disney version of "Alice in Wonderland, a few characters, like Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, are actually taken from the other book.

"And it looks different than Wonderland,' Strom said.

She wanted to take on "Alice Through The Looking Glass partly because it's one of her favorite books, but also because it's seldom performed - while lots of theater groups put on "Alice in Wonderland.

"I've produced Alice in Wonderland' twice, Strom said. "I did it once for Children's Theater, and another time for a theater company in Arizona.

Strom isn't sure why no one does "Alice Through the Looking Glass, but there isn't a lot to make a theater troupe want to do it in the first place.

She said they searched for scripts, and found only two. …

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