Playwright's Perspective: Alice in Wonderland
Young Playwright Kathryn Evans writes about her adaptation of the classic adventure.
Alice in Wonderland has been a story told time and time again. From the original short story by Lewis Carrol in 1865 to the animated and live action Disney adaptations. This wonderful story can be told in so many different ways and this short adaptation for the stage is no different. This version is simply meant to be put on at home.
Our version of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland allows young performers (campers) to embody some of their favorite wild and wacky characters in this 7 page version of Carroll's 88 paged original novel. Despite its short length, the play still allows the performer (performers) to fall down the rabbit hole and explore the wonders of Wonderland just like Alice. Throughout the story we meet, The White Rabbit, The Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter, and of course her majesty, The Queen of Hearts.
Writing this adaptation was a great deal of fun. Trying to incorporate most of the elements that made Carrol's story was a welcomed challenge and picturing young performers diving into this colorful world brings a smile to my face. I hope they all can enjoy this imaginative and vibrant world from the comfort of their own homes and with their friends and family.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an important story that I have no doubt will continue to stand the test of time. It allows wonder to fill the mind of children and adults alike. It encourages us to always ask questions and to be curious. After all, if we aren’t just a little curious about the world we live in, I’d think we’d all be a little bit mad.