The New England Professional Premiere of ALICE by Andrew Barbato. ALICE October 17 – November 16, 2014 Friday nights at 7:30, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3:00 This new musical adaptation of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” is by Andrew Barbato, a Stoneham local, with music by Lesley DeSantis, from Rockport.  “Alice” offers a fresh musical perspective on the satirical vignettes drawn up by Lewis Carroll.  Barbato, who has graced local stages as an actor, has been writing plays since he was a teen.  “Alice” first took stage with the Stoneham Young Company and was performed by Barbato’s production team “Cellar Door Stage” in 2011.  “Alice: A New Musical” made its NYC debut at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in 2011 and was also performed at Marymount Manhattan College in 2013.   “Boston is where the seeds of Alice were planted,” explained Barbato, “I am so drawn to the nostalgia, the whimsy, and the magic of Alice’s story “   “Alice” retains the beloved distortions, musings, and caricatures that have enchanted readers and inspired illustrators, filmmakers, playwrights, and choreographers since the book’s publication in 1865.  Barbato’s adaptation has threaded Carroll’s distinct symbolism with a story of a young girl “coming-of-age”.  “There have been about four incarnations of this play. And as I’ve developed this girl who is on the cusp of young adulthood; I can definitely relate.”   Wheelock Family Theatre has always been a home for young talent, nurturing young artists in a safe, professional environment ...

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