Good turnout for opening of 'Alice Isn't There' in Ogdensburg
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 5:34 pm

OGDENSBURG -- St. John's Conservatory Theater (JCT) opened its original musical comedy "Alice Isn't All There" to sold out houses and standing ovations on Oct. 10 and 11, the group said.

"I was thrilled by the level of performance our cast delivered, and so were the audiences," said the show's director R O'Donnell. "We are definitely looking forward to a healthy run and more magical productions to come."

With musical direction and arrangements by Angela Conzone Dwyer, orchestrations by Pat Duffy, and designs by Stephen Chambers, the musical comedy is a spoof on Lewis Carroll's iconic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

The story of Alice is presented in chamber theater style by the Bells and Wheezle Circus Company, a European-style commedia dell'arte. A contemporary Alice finds herself in Wonderland, haunted by the Victorian Alice while meeting classic and new characters. “Think Tim Burton meets Monty Python under the Big Top, and you’ll get the idea," O'Donnell said.

Ogdensburg residents Allexa Hooper and Hailey Weber star as Alice Brimble and Alice Liddle, respectively. Other talent includes Paige Merz as the Cheshire Cat, Sloane Ryan as Boo Hoo and the Caterpillar, Steve Summers as Itsy Bitsy, Deanna Bellinger as the Dormouse, Bill LaMere as Jack Rabbit and the March Hare, Angela Conzone Dwyer as the Queen of Hearts and Mrs. Zizzlebot, Chris Dwyer as Tweedledee, The King of Hearts and Mr. Zizzlebot, Ryan Woodard as Tweedledum, and R O’Donnell as Belvedere Brumbleton and the Mad Hatter.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays, October 17, 18, 24, and 25. Curtain is at 7 p.m., and the show runs about 90 minutes. Tickets cost $15 dollars at the door, or $10 dollars at

JCT is on the second floor of the St. John’s Parish House located behind St. Johns Episcopal Church off the corner of Franklin and Knox streets in Ogdensburg. Parking is available off Franklin Street.