A Trip to Wonderland: Expect changes to Disney’s version of ‘Alice’

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Adventure is in the air at the Lyric Theatre, where the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and others have taken up temporary residence.
Tupelo Community Theatre is presenting Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” with a cast of student actors to bring classic characters to life.
This show isn’t exactly like Disney’s animated version. The costumes have been inspired, in part, by director Tim Burton’s recent live-action version of “Alice in Wonderland.”
“There is also a lot of up-to-date, modern dialogue,” said Suzanne Oakley, director. “’I know, right?’ That’s one of the lines in the show.”
In addition, the script includes the song, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” originally from Disney’s “Song of the South.” You’ll also get to hear “I’m Late,” the White Rabbit’s theme, “Painting the Roses Red,” the Queen of Hearts’ song, and others.

Three of a kind
“The Cheshire Cat is played by three actors,” Oakley said. “They’re his head, body and tail. They sort of narrate the show for us.”
In addition, the script calls for three different Alices (Alici) in the show. There’s a regular-sized Alice, a small Alice and a tall Alice.
“That’s for the Eat Me/Drink Me potions,” Oakley said.
Kameron Daniel, 10, is small Alice and 16-year-old Austyn Davis is tall Alice. That leaves Meredith McLaurin, 13, in the middle.
“We’re kind of taking after each other, making sure we look like the same Alice,” Austyn said.
Kameron said there are no plans to wear wigs, which is fine for her and McLaurin, but Austyn is a brunette.
“We’ll have to talk about that some more,” Austyn said.
All three Alices (Alici) get different parts of the “Wonderland” experience.
“My favorite part is when I’m with the flowers,” Kameron said.
“My favorite part is when I fall in the hole,” Meredith said.
“I’m kind of excited about wearing a house,” Austyn said. “We haven’t done it yet. I’m looking forward to it.”
Expect the Alices (Alici) and the rest of the cast and crew to bring everything together for audiences when the show opens on Thursday.
“If you like caterpillars…,” Meredith said.
“Red lobsters and fun music…,” Austyn said.
“And lots of Alices…,” Meredith said.
“And lots of color,” Austin said, “then you’ll love it.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@journalinc.com.