Pushcart Players Performs ‘Alice in Wonderland’

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Pushcart Players in “Alice in Wonderland” (Photo: Gerry Goodstein)
Pushcart Players, Verona’s Emmy-nominated and award-winning theater for young audiences, will perform Alice in Wonderland at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn on Sunday, May 7 at 10 a.m.

Alice in Wonderland is re-imagined and designed by Pushcart Players co-founder Ruth Fost, and directed by artistic director Paul Whelihan. Filled with madcap characters and pure nonsense, this tale about a curious and proactive young girl has enchanted readers for many generations. Cleverly adapted from Lewis Carroll’s classic books, Pushcart’s musical boasts spectacular scenic elements, playfully designed puppets by Terrence P. Burnett, and whimsical orchestrations by Tony and Drama Desk award-winner Larry Hochman.

Alice is perhaps one of the best-known stories for children,” said Whelihan. “People often view it as a ‘girl’s story’ and mostly appropriate for ‘little kids.’ But it’s so much more than that, especially with Pushcart’s dynamic spin. Ours is a journey of adolescent discovery. It crosses gender and age boundaries, and is funny and thought-provoking all at once.”

Pushcart has been stirring up serious fun for more than four decades. Since 1974, the company’s traveled over 2 million miles nationally and abroad to serve more than 8 million children and their families with meaningful theater. From the little red schoolhouse in America’s rural sprawl, to the White House in the nation’s capital, Pushcart productions are noted for excellence and innovation. Professional Actors’ Equity Association actors and stage managers perform. An illustrated book of “Pushcart’s Alice in Wonderland” highlights the production’s significant moments and offers further arts related activities (available on amazon.com).

The Alice in Wonderland cast includes Stacie Gogo (Alice), JD Lynch (Mad Hatter, et.al.), James Holden (Cheshire Cat, et.al.), and Lyndsey Brown (Red Queen, et.al.). Gogo appeared Off-Broadway as a Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret at the Players Theatre, as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, in the ensemble of Grease! at the Surflight Theatre, and in international tours. JD Lynch has performed extensively Off Broadway and throughout the country. He has been in numerous productions in New Hope (Bucks County Playhouse) and Shawnee, Pa. He was most recently seen in the role of Samuel in an original play, Fading Light, at the New York Fringe Festival.

Tickets to the May 7 performance of Pushcart Players’ “Alice in Wonderland” are $12.75 and can be purchased online at www.papermill.org or by calling 973-376-4343.

For further information on this or any of Pushcart’s programs and services, contact Pushcart Players at 973-857-1115, [email protected] or visit their website.

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