Brazillia R. Kreep’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s famed ALICE IN WONDERLAND titled ALICE ISN’T ALL THERE, presented by the St. John’s Conservatory Theater, is a rousing success. Weekend houses filled with an enthusiastic crowd, standing ovations, and flowers for all, created a splendid opening promising more magical productions to come.
Alice Isn’t All There is directed by R O’Donnell, with musical direction and arrangements by Angela Conzone Dwyer, orchestration and accompaniment by Pat Duffy, with set and props by Stephen Chambers. This original musical comedy is presented in chamber theater style by the Bells & Wheezle Circus Company, a European-style commedia dell’arte. A contemporary Alice finds herself in Wonderland, haunted by the Victorian Alice while interacting with classic and new characters. “Think Tim Burton meets Monty Python under the Big Top,” explains O’Donnell, “and you’ll get the idea.”
Ogdensburg talent Allexa Hooper and Hailey Weber star as Alice Brimble and Alice Liddle respectively. Other principal talent are Paige Merz as the Cheshire Cat, Sloane Ryan as Boo Hoo and the Caterpillar, Steve Summers as Itsy Bitsy, Deanna Bellinger as the Dormouse, Bill LaMere as Jack Rabbit and the March Hare, Angela Conzone Dwyer as the Queen of Hearts and Mrs. Zizzlebot, Chris Dwyer as Tweedledee, The King of Hearts, and Mr. Zizzlebot, Ryan Woodard as Tweedledum, and R O’Donnell as Belvedere Brumbleton and the Mad Hatter.
Alice Isn’t All There is staged by R O’Donnell who, at 14 years old, ran away with the Sells and Grey traveling tent circus. He has performed in numerous original shows off-Broadway, off- off-Broadway, and in regional and stock companies throughout the US. He hosted the Chicago Improv for two years in his own variety show titled The New Variety, starred in his own comedy television show titled R. Rated on the Fox network in Chicago, and was the first actor to re- create the title roles in both of Larry Shue’s acclaimed comedies The Nerd and The Foreigner (he is the only actor to have professionally played both roles). Mr. O’Donnell starred in New Age Vaudeville’s cult hits An Evening with Elmore & Gwendolyn Putts and The T.V. Dinner Hour in Chicago. Last year he was featured as Brazillia R. Kreep in three highly acclaimed theatrical productions: An Evening with the Kreep, Bite Me! (a Twilight spoof), and Kreepshow.
Musical direction and arrangements are by Angela Conzone Dwyer. She has been the Musical Director of Nunsense (Fulton, NY), and Choreographer of both Peter Pan (Oswego, NY) and Once Upon a Mattress (Potsdam, NY). Some of her acting credits include Once Upon a Mattress, Camelot, The Music Man, Nunsense, The King and I, Annie, and Beauty and the Beast.
Alice Isn’t All There stars Allexa Hooper and Hailey Weber as Alice Brimble and Alice Liddle, respectively. Other principal talent includes Paige Merz as the Cheshire Cat, Sloane Ryan as Boo Hoo and the Caterpillar, Steve Summers as Itsy Bitsy, Deanna Bellinger as the Dormouse, Bill LaMere as Jack Rabbit and the March Hare, Angela Conzone Dwyer as the Queen of Hearts and Mrs. Zizzlebot, Chris Dwyer as Tweedledee, The King of Hearts, and Mr. Zizzlebot, Ryan Woodard as Tweedledum, and R O’Donnell as Belvedere Brumbleton and the Mad Hatter.
Show times are Fridays and Saturdays, October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25. Curtain is at 7 PM, and tickets cost $15 dollars (suggested donation) at the door, or $10 dollars at aliceisntallthere.brownpapertickets.com.
JCT is on the second floor of the St. John’s Parish House located behind St. Johns Episcopal Church off the corner of Franklin and Knox streets in Ogdensburg. Parking is available off Franklin.