Alice Lost in Wonderland

Announcing the company of the Beth Marshall Presents WORLD PREMIERE of Rob Winn Anderson’s Alice Lost In Wonderland presented in partnership with The Garden Theatre! 

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ALICE LOST IN WONDERLAND uses Lewis Carroll’s classic book to inspire the story of a woman frantically searching for what she has lost.  Years of falling in and out of mental institutions have broken her and now she finds herself in a terrifying situation where chances are final and journeys into dark places are both wonderful and haunting.

*( While the play has a general audience rating, it is not a kids play. It has mild language, violence and adult themes )

The play runs Oct. 18th-Nov. 3rd at The Garden Theatre.

To purchase tickets in advance click here.

Visionary/Producer-Beth Marshall
Writer/Director- Rob Winn Anderson
Assistant to the Producer- Mike Deaven
Production Stage Manager- Jay Ferrence
Assistant Stage Manager/Make-Up – Anastasia Kurtiak
Dramaturg- Brenna Nicely
Set Design- Tom Mangieri
Light Design- Amy Hadley
Sound Design- John Valines
Costume Design- Molly Walz
Master Carpenter/Prop Design- Darth Knapik
Fight Direction- Bill Warriner

Master Rigger/Sound Technician- Benjamin Lembree
Props- Tom Mangieri, Barbara Solomon, Jay Ferrence, Darth Knapik
Construction Crew/Paint Crew- Darth Knapik, Daniel Cooksley, Christopher Dohm, Gabriel Patrick, Mike Deaven, Anastasia Kurtiak, Cesar Cardoso, Jack Young, Matt Caballero, & Kyle Rodriguez
Costume Build Crew- Molly Swing
Backstage Crew- Anastasia Kurtiak, Darth Knapik, Amy Cucarro, Gabriel Patrick, Ben Brumby
Photography- Kristen Wheeler of KHPhotographics.com
Graphic Design- Andy Crabtree

THE CAST:

Jane- Becky Eck
Alice/Dr.Alice/Cheshire Kitten- Taylor Anderson
Queen of Spades/Dr. Barb- Meaghan Fenner
White Rabbit/Mr. Gwynn- Alexander Mrazek
Ducky/Duchess/Crumpet/Pigeon- Julie Snyder
Mouse/White Knight- Erik Nelson
Carter/Mad Hatter- Wesley Slade
Louis/Sir Time/Tweedle/Gardener- Mike Deaven
Bill/Caterpillar- Tod Caviness
Campbell/Mock Turtle- Nicholas Bethencourt Neto

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Promotional photos by Kristen Wheeler of KHphotographics.com

See the entire promotional photo album here.

SHOW PHOTOS:

All photos by Kristen Wheeler of KHphotographics.com.

See the entire photo album here.

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The Queen, Beth’s first vision of the show six years ago

The Reviews Are In!

“This Show is a Perfect Addition to the Halloween season”- Thomas Thorspecken, Analog Artist Digital World

“A disquieting set, brilliant costumes and a surprise trick or two create a fantastical world on stage. Actress Becky Eck grounds that world in an emotional reality with a canny performance as Jane.”- Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

“Writers love the weird characters and surreal scenes, but there’s not much drama in the original (Alice in Wonderland). Alice takes direction and reacts to the weirdness, but mostly she is simply along for the ride. Here writer / director Anderson has largely dodged those issues, he re-imagines the story not as a children’s fantasy but as a psychotic hallucination experienced in a 1950′s hospital that prides itself on its lobotomies and electroshock.”- Carl F. Gauze, Archikulture Digest

“Much darker than anything you would expect from a play based off a classic children’s tale, ALICE LOST IN WONDERLAND is a psychological thriller written to bring the audience to the edge of sanity. It is haunting, curious, and in a strange way moving.” -Kimberly Moy, Broadway World

“It kept my interest the whole production and had me guessing as well to where they were going to take it. I have seen plenty of shows where I lose interest, but not here. Highly recommended to catch this play during its world premiere at the Garden Theatre.”-Mike Gencarelli, Media Mikes

“The quality cast is supported by striking technical elements… This dark, disturbing vision has handed a “Drink Me” bottle to Winter Garden’s gorgeous Garden Theatre (normally home to handsome but unchallenging family-friendly fare like The Wizard of Oz) and helped it grow up a bit.”-Seth Kubersky, Orlando Weekly

COMPANY BIOS:

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Beth Marshall (Visionary/Producer) is an award-winning and critically acclaimed Producing Artistic Director, Theatre Artist, Actor and recovering Arts Administrator. Beth has made her living creating original works or producing traditional works told in nontraditional ways with a strong focus on touring Fringe Festival Circuits.
Alice Lost In Wonderland marks the 9th BMP production and 1st World Premiere at The Garden Theatre
Past BMP productions at The Garden include: Children of A Lesser God, Biloxi Blues, The Diviners, A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas, Crimes of The Heart, Driving Miss Daisy, Our Town and L’Ange Avec Les Fleurs.
From 2003-June 2011, Beth was the Producing Artistic Director of The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival and served as the Vice President of The Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals from 2006-2008.
Beth is a current Artistic Ambassador for The National New Play Network.
For 3 consecutive years (2009-11), Beth has been awarded “Best Arts Advocate” by Orlando Weekly. In 2007 Beth was awarded the prestigious Bank of America Local Hero Award for her artistic and humanitarian work within the Central Florida Community.
In addition to her 28 years in theatre across the globe, with over 400 productions under her belt, she can be seen playing a reoccuring villian (Paige) on Tru TV’s South Beach Tow. 
Film credits include: Cassadaga (which hit the cinemas in Oct. 2013) and upcoming hit of Tribeca Film Festival- Sunlight Jr. staring alongside Matt Dillon, Naomi Watts and Norman Reedus (coming to theatres in Nov. 2013) and Rocabilly Zombie Weekend.
Beth’s 10th production at The Garden in March of 2014 will be the Tony Award Winning 33 Variations.
Beth would like to give a special thanks to her family Chris, Darth, Spirit & Stasia, as well as her amazing staff and company artists and her partner writer/director Rob Winn Anderson for EVERYTHING and then some! BE FABULOUS! DON’T SUCK!

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Rob Winn Anderson– Rob is thrilled to create this original work (Alice Lost in Wonderland) as his second project with Beth Marshall Presents.  As a playwright, Rob has been a Winner and Finalist for some of theater’s most prestigious awards and development programs.  The 2013-2014 theatrical season will see five productions of four of his full-length plays (quite a feat for a relatively unknown artist).  His play, A Tennessee Walk, was produced at the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre as well as Jacksonville State University.  A Fine Line will have its world premiere at the Clockwise Theatre in Chicago.  A Little Princess – Sara’s Heart will see its first production as Boone High School’s fall play.  And, then, there is the piece you are about to see.

Rob’s selected directorial works include: Biloxi Blues (Beth Marshall Presents); Legally Blonde; The Wizard of Oz; A Christmas Story (upcoming); Hairspray (upcoming); Steppin’ Out with Irving Berlin; Dracula; She Loves Me; Shipwrecked; Superior Donuts (Southeastern Regional premiere); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Southeastern Regional premiere); The Matchmaker; The Rainmaker; An Inspector Calls; The Paper Bag Princess; A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas: James and the Giant Peach; The Queen’s Physician; Almost, Maine; After Juliet; Maryland; Shatter the Sky; Noodling Inspiration; The Sandman Says Goodnight; A Thurber Carnival; Anne of the Thousand Days and The Miracle Worker.  Love to Tara, Tay and CK!

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Becky Eck (Jane)– Becky is excited to be making her debut with Beth Marshall Presents with such an amazing cast and crew! She graduated with a BA in Theatre from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and, upon graduation, toured nationally with the Eckerd Theatre Company based out of Clearwater, FL for four years. She has been seen at The Garden in Jester Theater Company’s Noises Off and Moonlight and Magnolias, as well as PB&J Theatre Factory’s SPORT, SNACK, and SLEIGH. Other Orlando credits include: Death of a Salesman, Enchanted April, Legacy of Light (Mad Cow Theatre), A Christmas Story, Tomato Plant Girl, and The Hundred Dresses (Orlando Repertory Theatre). Becky landed the role of a lifetime just over a year ago when she gave birth to her beautiful daughter, Lula, with whom she is obsessed. Just ask to see a picture and she will show you a gazillion. She sends love to her husband, Tim, for making her life wonderful!

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Taylor Anderson (Alice/Dr. Alice/Cheshire Kitten) is thrilled to be making her debut at the Garden Theatre. Previous credits include: Enid- Legally Blonde, Ethel- 42nd Street, Vicki/Diana cover- A Chorus Line, Nutcracker- A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas, Florence- Chess, and Martha- Guys and Dolls. Much love to Mom, Dad and CK!

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Meaghan Fenner (Dr. Barb/ The Queen of Spades) graduated from FSU’s BFA acting program. Past shows include Man Of La Mancha (Aldonza), Blithe Spirit (Ruth), Taming Of The Shrew (Katherine), You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy), A New Brain (Rhoda) and most recently as Glinda in The Wizard of Oz.

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Alexander Mrazek (White Rabbit/Mr. Gwynn) is always happy to be back at the Garden Theatre, especially with his fourth project with Beth Marshall Presents.  Originally from Chicago, Alex has worked with Universal Studios, Nickelodeon, SeaWorld, Norwegian Cruise Line, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and Orlando Repertory Theatre. Most recently in BMP 2013 Play-In-A-Day, Alex will also be a part of the exciting and innovative event, Beatnik, in December.  Favorite roles include: Father (Ragtime), Lumiere (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Walter (The Exit Interview (World Premiere)), and Capt. Hook (Peter Pan). Alex thanks Mom, Andrew, and all of his incredible friends for their continuous support and love on and off the stage. Myliu! www.alexandermrazek.com

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Julie Snyder- (Ducky/Duchess/Crumpet/Pigeon) After her debut Beth Marshall Production as Daisy in Biloxi Blues, Julie is thrilled to be performing in 3 Beth Marshall productions this season! Favorite roles include: Claire Strain (Flight of the Earls), Berdine (Psycho Beach Party), BeBe Gunn (Sideways Stories from Wayside School). Thank you to Beth and Rob for this opportunity, the trifecta for their support, and everyone that helped walk Pennypup throughout this rehearsal process. #alicelostinwonderland, www.juliannesnyder.com

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Erik Nelson (Mouse/White Knight) is thrilled beyond words to be making his BMP debut and returning to the Garden with this insanely talented cast and crew! Previous credits include Ragtime (Younger Brother), The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), and Spring Awakening (Melchior). Many thanks to Rob and Beth for blessing him with this opportunity, and as always, all my love to the Nelson clan, friends, Zach, and God, without whom none of this would be possible.

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Wesley Slade (Carter/Mad Hatter) is so thrilled to be making his BMP debut with Alice…! From Mississippi, Wesley relocated to Orlando last year, and has since appeared with Mad Cow Theatre: Sunday in the Park With George; The Orlando REP: Junior Claus, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat; Bay Street Players: Avenue Q; Theatre Winter Haven: Next to Normal; and at the Orlando Fringe: TJ & Mr. Oaksite, See Rock City & Other Destinations. He can also be seen leading tourists to safety in Poseidon’s Fury at Universal Studios. So much love and thanks to the cast/crew, Mom, Carly, and especially Beth and Rob.

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Mike Deaven (Louis/Sir Time/Tweedle/Gardener) is thrilled to a part of this incredible new piece of theatre! Mike is the Assistant to the Producer at Beth Marshall Presents and this will be his third production with the company. Mike made his BMP debut in March with Children of a Lesser God (Orin) and was recently seen onstage in Play-in-a-Day 2013. He will also be appearing in Beatnik and 33 Variations later this season. He was also onstage at the Orlando Fringe Festival in all saints all souls (Evan). Mike is excited to be working with so many talented people for this production. He wishes to thank his parents for their continual support and Beth for giving him so many opportunities.

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Tod Caviness (Bill/Caterpillar) is a nightlife columnist and features reporter at the Orlando Sentinel. Despite his tireless work for “the man,” he was named Best Poet/Spoken Word Artist for the past three years by Orlando Weekly readers, who all have beards and are therefore well informed on that sort of thing. Each year, he coordinates poetry events for the Orlando Fringe Festival, and each month he wrangles authors, poets and several other species of drunkards as the host of the long-running Speakeasy spoken word night at Will’s Pub. “Shattered Alice” is his first acting role since a local production of Christopher Durang’s “Laughing Wild” in 2006, and he is humbled to be working with such a creative cast and crew.

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Nicholas Bethencourt (Campbell/Mock Turtle)-  Nicholas’ credits include the title roles in Oliver! The Musical, Pinocchio, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Aladdin. He has also performed as Little Guido in Nine – The Musical, Mowgli in The Jungle Book, Lumiere in Beauty And The Beast, White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, and Colin in The Secret Garden – a role for which he received a Cubie Award in 2013. He would like to thank his family (Paulo, Simone, Nina, Lucia and Julia) for all their love and support and BMP for this opportunity!

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