Literally Alive Theatre’s Alice In Wonderland – The Players Theatre, NYC (Giveaway!)

Yesterday we ventured down a rabbit hole in Greenwich Village to see Literally Alive Theatre’s musical Alice In Wonderland at the Players Theatre.  Creators Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell brought this childhood classic to life with an incredibly talented cast and percussion ensemble.

Since the last performance took place today, we were able to attend a special benefit performance supporting three weeks of free family theater taking place this July.  This event included a reception, multiple raffles and an auction.

Upon entering the theater the children were welcomed on stage to create a show themed craft:

The kids were really happy about the crafting and Adrian’s love of using Elmer’s glue in abundant quantities was solidified. 

As a parent, I really appreciated this part.  Instead of having antsy pants kids whining waiting in anticipation in their seats, they were able to craft (with the assistance of staff!) and feel like little stars on the stage showing off their freshly created hats.

Perfecting his serious Mad Hatter.

A great component of  Literally Alive Theatre’s productions is that each show begins with an hour-long interactive pre-show family workshop, where (in addition to crafting) the playwright and a company member discuss the transformation of classical literature into a musical.  Major themes, musical instruments and show components are discussed so children can contextualize what they will soon experience in the show.

The one hour production was magnificent.  Alice’s whimsical character really captured a child-like essence in her movements, and her pal the white rabbit was hilarious.  Additionally, the use of projections was pretty amazing.  My four year old was captivated for the entire hour and was thrilled that the Cheshire cat (which she calls the treasure cat) was female.  The queens of hearts, (my favorite character) was played so exquisitely by a male and she kept us laughing with her over the top “off-with-their-heads!”.

Here comes Alice!

The show really had appeal to both the young and the old.  My whole family enjoyed the peculiar animals- my kids liked the caterpillar’s many arms and finger cymbals, and my husband and I found it amusing when he told Alice that she was “killing his buzz.”  Although the show is deemed appropriate for all ages – we imagined our almost two year old (only four days away!) needing to be swiftly removed taken out mid-show by my husband.  To our amazement he spent the majority of the time mesmerized in his own seat (in a theater issued booster chair).  I was able to get in a few cuddles as he comfortably found his way into my lap towards the end of the performance.  

Enjoying the theatre at nearly two.

We were happy that our little guy was able to actually pay attention, enjoy himself (he did elicit a lot of laughter upon declaring “Ohhhh no Alice” during a moment of silence) and experience live theatre for the very first time.  When the show ended my daughter made it clear that she needed me to sew her that Alice costume after-all.  For those of you that know her well, the show colored her weekend fantasy play, as she has been Alice ever since.   

My entire family really enjoyed this performance and we will definitely be back for another show in the future.

Sporting her souvenir in the heart of the village.

Win It:
I’m thrilled to be hosting a giveaway for a family four pack of tickets to any show in Literally Alive Children’s Theatre’s 2012 season.  The season includes:  Sleepy Hollow- the musical, Cinderella, Percussion People, Tico Tales and A Christmas Carol.  Information on the upcoming season and ticket purchases can be found at www.literallyalive.com.

Enter:
To enter, become a follower on my blog and leave a comment telling me the show you’d like to see.  I’ll announce the winner on Thursday evening.

Update:
Congratulations Kurukurupa Tokyo Mama !

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  1. Hey girl, you've been blogging! For some reason, I visited recently, and didn't see any new action. My mistake! I can't wait to go through the recent archives! Love you Mona!

  2. Wow Charlize would have gone crazy for Alice it sounds fab. I took C to see Angelina ballerina but always leave S at home thinking she is too young to sit through a performance but this sounds like a winner especially the booster seat. Cinderella would be right up Charlizes Alley I reckon. See you in the park my lovelyxxx

  3. That show seems amazing, and the crafts with the kids before hand must of been a great plus!!!

  4. Anonymous says

    WOW! Sounds like fun. Iam going to tell my niece.

    She would live to take her three girls

  5. Anonymous says

    Monica, you are ever talented with words. That show sounds amazing. I love a performance that includes a little adult humor. The pre- show craft sounds like the perfect way to engage kids as they wait and the workshops are a great way to entice everyone into anticipatory bliss. I love it! As a teacher and a mom I can really appreciate this type of production. Adrian is a very believable Mad Hatter. I would have loved to have taken James to this show. Bravo! (hey that rhymes.)

    Louise

  6. Anonymous says

    Monica – now I want to see Alice in Wonderland and I am pushing 50! What an amazing theatre group. A great way to engage kids in this age of “screen addiction.” Bravo (copying my sister above) to Literally Alive Theatre!
    Kathy

  7. Anonymous says

    Monica- As usual I enjoy all you share on your blog. I love the idea of the crafts before the show! So clever and considerate of the little ones (and the parents) and keeping them interested and occupied. It must have been so enjoyable and relaxing for you as a family to have your 2 year sit through the show. Sounds like something my son would also would love! Christine

  8. I'd love to take my family to a Christmas Carol! Jess

  9. Cinderella is a favorite in my family. My girls would LOVE to go. Thanks for the chance! Your family is beautiful and I really enjoy your writing.

  10. Opps! susiestitches dot gmail dot com. Thanks!

  11. This sounds amazing!!! I'd love to attend with Peanut xoxox

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