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Alice in Wonderland

'Alice in Wonderland' opens Nov. 5

posterTickets are now on sale for La Salle's fall play, "Alice in Wonderland," which will open Nov. 5 for a two-weekend run in the La Salle Theater.
 
The show, by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus based on the Lewis Carroll classic, is a dramatic version of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." La Salle's production will feature original music by Portland legend Michael Allen Harrison.
 
Director Michael Shelton said he selected the show because of its "magic."
 
"Alice in Wonderland is a story about an incredible journey of growing up and self discovery," he said. "It is a story with a larger cast, a chance to artistically create the world of Wonderland on the La Salle stage, and an opportunity to welcome people back to campus with a story that the whole family can enjoy."
 
The tale takes the audience on an adventure with Alice, a young woman disillusioned with the world.
 
"She wishes, as she says in the first scene, “…for a world where everything is as it isn’t and everything isn’t as it is,” explained Shelton. "Much to her surprise her library transforms into that world and through it all Alice learns who she is. She learns her place in the world. She learns what she has to offer and finds a sense of purpose."
 
Because of the dream-like nature of the story, Shelton wanted to put it to music. He reached out to Harrison, a composer Shelton had worked with a decade ago on another version of the show.
 
"He said 'yes' and we are so grateful for that."
 
Falcons have been working to put on "Alice" since shortly after the start of the school year. The show features more than two dozen students in roles such as White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum. A few dozen more are working on the crew to construct the set, create props, and plan costumes, makeup, and more.