SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Pushcart Players, New Jersey’s Emmy-nominated and award-winning theater for young audiences, will be performing “Alice in Wonderland” at South Orange Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 11 at 2 p.m.
The performance includes a tea party immediately following where cast members will visit an audience treated to cupcakes, assorted treats, lemonade, punch and photo opportunities.
“Alice in Wonderland” is re-imagined and designed by Pushcart Players co-founder Ruth Fost, and directed by artistic director Paul Whelihan. Adapted from Lewis Carroll’s classic books, Pushcart’s musical boasts scenic elements, puppets and whimsical orchestrations by Tony and Drama Desk award-winner Larry Hochman.
“’Alice…’ is perhaps one of the best-known stories for children,” said Whelihan. “People often view it as a ‘girl’s story’ and mostly appropriate for ‘little kids.’ But it’s so much more than that, especially with Pushcart’s dynamic spin. Ours is a journey of adolescent discovery. It crosses gender and age lines, and is funny and thought-provoking all at once.”
Since 1974, Pushcart has traveled over 2 million miles nationally and abroad to serve more than 8 million children and their families with theater performances.
The “Alice in Wonderland” cast includes Stacie Gogo (Alice), JD Lynch (Mad Hatter, et.al.), James Holden (Cheshire Cat, et.al.), and Lyndsey Brown / Maggie Graham (Red Queen, et.al.). Gogo has performed off-Broadway, in national tours and regionally. She played Penny Pingleton in Westchester Broadway Theatre's "Hairspray," and performed in Surflight Theatre's "Grease.” Lynch is a graduate of DeSales University with a degree in theatre/communications. He has performed extensively in shows Off Broadway and throughout the country.