Bad Hats Theatre’s contemporary spin on Wonderland takes us down the rabbit hole with Alice, a girl with a lot of questions. Join us for this delightful musical retelling of the classic tale that has captured imaginations for generations.
Alice finds herself unable to finish a school assignment because she still has so many questions that need to be answered. Sent to the corner of the class to help her focus, Alice is drawn to look out the window where she sees a Rabbit who seems to be in a terrible hurry. Alice pursues the Rabbit and finds herself falling, falling, falling down a Rabbit Hole, and landing in Wonderland. There Alice meets many wondrous creatures and learns she must reach the Eighth Square to become a Queen. Wanting this very much, Alice begins her journey in Square One and travels to each Square in sequence to eventually reach the Eighth. Along the way, Alice discovers truths about herself, which help her when she returns to the Real World.
A timeless tale that’s perfect for these pandemic times, no matter what your age, with audio description by Eileen Barrett.
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“Alice In Wonderland makes sense of our upside-down world” –Now Magazine
On average a child asks 100,000 questions before the age of five. Sometimes repeated (What’s for lunch?) sometimes obvious (Are we there yet?) and the fun ones about the everyday miracles. (What are clouds? Clocks? Ice cubes? Night?) That curiosity is refocused once they start school when rubrics and getting good marks are the goal and is followed by that teenage stage of being too cool to ask questions believing some-how that while they may feel lost they should know everything. All the while the big questions about justice, equality and what it means to be a good human on this planet become more concerning and prescient. By adulthood we feel embarrassed, told that there are “no stupid questions” yet sometimes dangerously lead to believe that our important questions may not have answers or solutions at all because it has “always been that way.” The child that we once were travels within us, has never left us. Curiosity is the key that when mixed with kindness could save the world. May your visit to Wonderland encourage you to love all the little questions and also to courageously ask the big ones.
Enjoy! –Sue Miner, Director
A Note from The Company
Someone once told us that the best method for holding onto our youth is to stop trying to figure out who we are. Growing up comes with a need to answer questions about ourselves and the world around us that seems to put a halt on dreaming, and this permeates through the rest of our lives. What if we allowed ourselves to live in the unknown a little longer? What if we let ourselves live there as often as possible? This year so much of the fabric of who we are – which was wrapped up in what we do, where we work, and how we live – was turned upside down. This year we had to sit with ourselves and with our questions. It feels like the perfect time to be sharing this story. Gathering together in a theatre to explore this piece felt like a return to childhood. The Wonder-land we’ve created, the mysteries and discoveries within it, is a direct reflection of our experience putting together this piece, and like all of us working on the show, it’s still growing. We hope the palpable joy we felt working in this unique and long awaited moment inspires you to let go of what you know, and to let your wondering take you somewhere you haven’t been before. We can’t wait to see you in person someday soon. Until then, stay curious. –The Bad Hats Team
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