It’s almost time for our next production, Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure, a musical based on the books Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. We’ve assembled some special information to help you and your family to get ready for the upcoming performance.Before you go to the show, you might want to take a few moments to review this “Know Before You Go” Guide so everyone will know what to expect from the performance!
The Story You Will See
Follow Alice in this new rock-n-roll inspired re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s classic tales Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass as she falls down the rabbit hole and ends up on a search for who she really is. Alice begins the story as a very smart, very imaginative 7-and-a-half year old who sometimes has a difficult time following the rules and behaving according to expectations. After her older sister scolds her gently and leaves on a holiday with friends, Alice encounters a strange white rabbit who leads her to the whimsical world of Wonderland. There she meets all manner of “curiouser & curiouser” characters including a meditative Caterpillar, a confusing Cheshire cat, a Mad Hatter and March Hare hosting an odd tea party, two dimwitted siblings named Tweedledum and Tweedledee, a garden full of very vain flowers, and eventually ends up in the Rose Garden of the highly volatile Red Queen. Each of these unusual encounters brings with it a different genre of music and some hard-won new self-awareness for young Alice. But when she angers the Red Queen, Alice is put on trial with many of her new acquaintances from Wonderland standing against her. Will her discoveries of who she really is aid her when, at the end of the trail, she has to face the
terrifying mysterious monster known as The Jabberwock? And will Alice ever find her way—and her voice—and she tries to return from Wonderland?
March 23 – April 8 | Best for ages 5+ | 70 minutes without an intermission
The Characters You Will Meet
Alice— a clever young girl with a very active imagination who sometimes has a hard time doing what’s expected of her. Her curiosity takes her on a strange, wondrous, and sometimes frightening adventure with characters and situations even she has never dreamed of.
Lorina—Alice’s older sister who has matured way past Alice’s antics and doesn’t always have much patience with young sister’s whimsical playful notions. She leaves Alice to go on a holiday with her friends.
White Rabbit- An energetic employee to the Red Queen who leads Alice down the rabbit hole to begin her mysterious adventure through Wonderland.
The Caterpillar—a multi-legged meditating creature who is seeking “inner peace” but is a bit testy.He challenges Alice to learn to control her temper.
Cheshire Cat—a mischievous and misdirecting cat who
makes Alice’s journey more messy with his languid and loopy logic.
The Mad Hatter & The March Hare—the strange and strident hosts of an Unbirthday Celebration whose riddles and antics defy everything Alice has been taught about how to behave at a social gathering
Tweedledum & Tweedledee—a pair of perhaps not-very-bright siblings who meet Alice in the woods and through their odd introductions and conversational confusions make her journey through Wonderland even more confounding
Red Queen—The Queen of Wonderland, whose temper typically gets the better of her.
The Jabberwock—A terrifying and mysterious monster who’s voice echoes at various moments of her adventure in wonderland, and a demon that Alice will eventually, inevitably, have to face!
Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”:
Alice in Wonderland is a very familiar tale about a curious young girl who ends up going on an exciting adventure. However, those young people who are not familiar with the tale could find this story of a lost girl surrounded by somewhat sinister characters confusing or even upsetting. You may want to be prepared for a lot of questions and a lot of
Many of the characters of Wonderland—including the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, and Caterpillar—challenge and thwart Alice in a not-very-nice way. Sensitive young audience members may be upset by the fact that Alice is lost and very few of the characters she meets are helping her and may even be misleading her.
The flowers in the garden that Alice encounters are extremely superficial “mean girl” stereotypes that some young people find exciting and fun to mimic.Your family may wish to discuss their behavior to consider why they act so unkindly and to reinforce that their bullying behavior is not attractive.
The Red Queen is very formidable and quick to anger. But she is also depicted as rather powerful and “cool.” Though her outrageous behavior is frowned upon by other characters, her larger-than-life presence may influence some young audience members to admire and mimic.
The Jabberwock is a mysterious monster that hovers in the background during much of Alice adventures through Wonderland. Eventually Alice will have to face the creature and see if she can defeat it. Most children will appreciate the adventure of a young girl battling a big beast, but some very young children may find the Jabberwock frightening.
From Story to Stage
Rachel Rockwell is an American theater director, choreographer and performer. Over her long career she has had many different roles in the creation of theatrical productions, spreading herself over a wide range of skill sets.
Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure is based on the classic and wildly popular Alice stories by Lewis Carroll, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. If you enjoy this “rock-n-roll” adaptation, you may wish to seek out the original books to learn more about the original tales.
Michael Mahler is an accomplished composer/lyricist who also created music for Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes.
Public parking is available in the Douglas County parking garage at 1910 Harney Street (19th & Harney Streets). During mainstage performances at The
Rose, the cost is a flat rate of $2, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission. During all other times, the cost is $1.50 for the first hour and $1.25 for each additional hour.
Parking meters adjacent to The Rose Theater are active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The cost of the meters closest to The Rose (with orange stickers) is $1.25 per hour, with a maximum of 2 hours. Meters beside the Federal Reserve Building are $0.25 per hour, with a maximum of 10 hours. Metered parking spots are free on Sundays and holidays. Parking meters around the theater are connected to thePark Omaha app, available as a free download for Apple and Android devices.
While at The Rose
Join Our Post-Performance Q&A Session! A few minutes after the performance, our actors will conduct a Question & Answer session from the stage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the scenery, costumes, special effects, and other aspects of the production. The actors may even have a question or two for you about the story.
Meet the Cast & Get an Autograph! Some performers will be available after the show to say hello, pose in pictures, and sign their
autographs for you. You can meet them on the mezzanine level right outside the entrance to our balcony level seats.Take Home a Souvenir! The Rose Guild presents a souvenir stand before and after each performance offering a variety of fun and inexpensive show-related mementos. The proceeds help to support the great education programs at The Rose Theater!
Grab a Theater Class Brochure! If you like what you saw on the stage and think you’d like to be a part of it, try taking a theater class here at The Rose Theater. We offer a wide range of arts classes for every interest and experience level. Please visit our website to read director’s notes and view production photos. Box Office Assistance The Rose Box Office is open Monday through
Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm at (402) 345-4849. Information and ticketing is also available online at www.rosetheater.org.