It never ceases to amaze me that directors stage plays for children and then add unnecessary bits that do nothing to advance the plot, confuse the children and clutter up the story. In my humble opinion, for kids, the story is all and anything that detracts from the story is wrong.
This adaptation of Alice In Wonderland is a classic example of what I mean. The director , Peter Hinton, is too focused on the book, working hard to include the parents, sisters and Charles Dodgson in the opening scene of both acts and at the end of the story, when really the kids don’t care. They just want to know about Alice’s adventures!
Now that I have my rant out of the way…. It is a beautiful production. Wonderful sets, visual effects and costumes. I could not help wondering about the cost of all the video effects, even while I was enjoying them.
Tara Rosling was a wonderful Alice. Moya O’Connell was delightful as the Queen of Hearts, nicely paired with Reggie, the King of Hearts, played by Jay Turvey. Donna Bellevile was excellent as the Duchess and Graeme Somerville equally good as the Mad Hatter and the Mock Turtle.
It was lovely to see and fun to watch, but it could have been shorter and better.