St. John’s Conservatory Theater to present “Alice Isn’t All There “ June 3 – 19
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 6:22 pm

From left, Angela Conzone Dwyer as Mrs. Zizzlebot, Christopher Rodriguez as the Dormouse, Jennifer Ann as Flip Flop, Hailey Weber as Alice Liddle, Brandon Bogart as Itsy Bitsy, Jillian LeBel as Marbles, Myah Myers as Boo Hoo, Elizabeth Peo as Alice BrimblOGDENSBURG -- St. John’s Conservatory Theater will open their production of “Alice Isn’t All There,” which troupe officials describe as “their whimsical summer musical comedy.”

Tickets are now on sale for $10 from under “Alice Isn’t All There” or “St. John’s Conservatory Theater.” They will be $15 at the door on show nights.

Performances will be June 3, 4, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and June 5 and 19 at 2 p.m.

It is based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland,” adapted by Richard O’Donnell, who writes under his stage name Brazillia R. Kreep.

“This production presents a hilarious new spin and glorious fresh look to this time-honored tale,” a news release from SJCT says.

The sets and props are designed by local artist Stephen Chambers. The principal cast costumes were designed and built in Prague, Czech Republic.

“The costumes were conceived here but built overseas and we couldn’t be happier,” says costumer Karen Fischbeck, “The workmanship is outstanding and this high standard of production has become one of our key signatures in presenting the Ogdensburg community with live original theater.”

The story concerns a steampunk-style Bells & Wheezle Circus Company, who set up their tent alongside the St. Lawrence River. There, under the big top, they perform their version of “Alice in Wonderland.” After plucking their contemporary Alice (played by Elizabeth Peo) from the audience, she finds herself in a Wonderland of trouble, haunted by the original Victorian Alice (played by Hailey Weber) while interacting with all the classic characters.

“Think Jules Verne meets Monty Python under the Big Top … and you’ll get a glimpse into what’s waiting for you under our stage lights,” O’Donnell said.

The 20-plus member cast hails from all over the North Country and includes Angelina Schembry as Jacky Rabbit, Shelly Murdock as the Cheshire Cat, Richard O’Donnell as the Mad Hatter, Christopher Rodriguez as the Dormouse, Christopher Dwyer as Tweedledee, Ryan Woodard as Tweedledum, Angela Conzone Dwyer as the Queen of Hearts, and Grace Brunet as the Knave of Hearts. The Bells & Wheezle Circus clowns include Richard O’Donnell as Belvedere Brumbleton, Christopher Dwyer as Mr. Zizzlebot, Angela Conzone Dwyer as Mrs. Zizzlebot, Myah Myers as Boo Hoo, Brandon Bogart as Itsy Bitsy, Jillian LeBel as Marbles, Grant Brunet as Zigzag, Macy Murdock as Razzmatazz, Samantha Mooney as Razzle Dazzle, Madison Miller as Hob Nob, Jennifer Ann as Flip Flop, Meghan Gardner as Topsy Turvey, and Emma Murray as Teeny Weeny.

JCT principal creative staff includes producer and director R. O’Donnell, choreographer/musical director Angela Conzone Dwyer, arrangements/orchestrations by Ogdensburg Free Academy student Ryan C. McNally, scenic and prop designer Stephen Chambers, costumer Karen Fischbeck, make-up artist Harlee Downey, technical director and production coordinator Christopher Dwyer. Other OFA students include sound technicians Andrew Smith, and assistant director Samantha Mooney.

“Our musicals may be ‘family friendly’ but we’re not just for kids,” said O’Donnell, a veteran of professional stages from Broadway to Regional theaters throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Chicago. “We’re also the only regional theater company in the United States presenting all original productions. These are full scale musical comedies based on folklore, literature and legend never before presented anywhere but here.”

Other JCT personnel includes Rector Michael O’Donnell, assistant technical director Ryan Woodard, lighting operator Cody George, assistant costumer Ann Losurdo, costume assistant Hannah Gardner, assistant set dresser Pat Kelly, Prop Master Katelin Gardner, house manager Sheila LaMere, and general manager Bill LaMere.