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Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Panto
November 16 January 1
Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Panto
November 16 January 1
November 16-January 1, 2023
Book by Jennifer Childs Music, Lyrics, and Arrangements by Alex Bechtel Directed by Bill Fennelly Leonard C. Haas Stage
Our holiday tradition is back!

We venture down the rabbit hole in a brand-new holiday panto! On her first day of skiddle mooloops, we mean middle school!Alice Liddle stumbles upon a strange book in the library and ends up in a mysterious, magical place. Cheer the heroes, boo the bad guys, and help Alice find her way home in this panto-tastic take on Lewis Carroll's madcap classic. Recommended for ages 5 to 105!

The panto has been a People’s Light signature for almost two decades. With origins dating back to commedia dell’arte, the "pantomime" takes a well-known children's story and turns it on its ear. Audiences of all ages gather in droves to partake in the songs, dances, topical jokes, and jovial camaraderie of this longstanding tradition. This year, People’s Light is thrilled to welcome award-winning drag performer Eric Jaffe as the audience’s new guide through the magical mayhem in the role of Dinah/Cheshire Cat. We send our love to People's Light Panto pioneer Mark Lazar, now living in Florida and enjoying the sunshine with family.

Individual Sponsor: Deborah Holt Weil

Run time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission. Matinee performances begin at 2pm; evening performances at 7pm. Masks are currently required indoors at People's Light except when actively eating or drinking. Learn more here. 

Cast and Creative Team
Stepmom/Red Queen
Mom / White Queen
Bob / Caterpillar
Dinah/Cheshire Cat
Dad/White Rabbit
Mean Flower/Tweedle
March Hare
Miss Hart/Queen of Hearts
Hattie / Mad Hatter
Mean Flower/Tweedle
Music, Lyrics and Arrangements
Music Director
Scenic Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Wig Designer
Makeup Designer
Fight Director
Drag/Gender Representation Consultant
Assistant Director
Stage Manager
Jess McPhillips
Assistant Stage Manager
Saladin White II
COVID Compliance Manager
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For Educators
ALICE IN WONDERLAND is available for school-day field trips. Learn more about the educational opportunities here.
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On the Blog: The Panto Goes to Middle School
Producing Artistic Director Zak Berkman reflects on the evolution of the panto over almost two decades.
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Drag Show

Start your engines!! Stay after the matinee on Wednesday, December 21st, to join Eric Jaffe - award-winning drag queen and Alice in Wonderland's guide - as she hosts the first ever People's Light Drag Show! Starring local drag talent from the Alice in Wonderland design team and cast: Sapphira Cristal, Pi, Avery Goodname, Danny Wilfred and Eli Lynn, with an appearance by Director Bill Fennelly. Just like our Panto, this event is for everybody from age 5 to 105!

After the 2pm performance on Wednesday, December 21

Relaxed Performance

Relaxed Performances offer a judgment-free environment that invites individuals with autism, ADD, ADHD, dementia, and other sensory sensitivities to enjoy theatre in a relaxed, “shush-free” zone—a great option for parents with young children, too. For each Relaxed Performance, we offer a pre-show Sensory Tour, during which patrons are able to enter the theatre space, view the set and props, and ask questions. This RP features ASL interpretation, and audio description is available upon request.

Sunday, December 11 at 2pm

ASL Interpretation & Audio Description

This performance features American Sign Language interpretation provided by Hands UP Productions. Audio description, provided by Nicole Sardella, is available upon request during this performance. This is also a Relaxed Performance.

Sunday, December 11 at 2pm

Open Captioning

During every performance this week, dialogue appears on an LED screen placed near the stage to benefit patrons with hearing impairments, as well as English language learners.

December 27–January 1

Access Nights

To expand access to our work, we offer 50%-off Access Nights throughout the season. The discount is automatic for this performance, no promo code required.

Friday, November 18 at 7pm

What's the Buzz?
"Experiencing a jubilant, gender-inclusive production helped me to imagine what too often feels like the impossible: a world of acceptance, celebration, and love."
Broad Street Review