Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnatiâ€™s Alice in Wonderland with four LCT nominations for set design (Brian C. Mehring), Props (Shannon Rae Lutz), and featured actresses in a musical (Deb G. Girdler and Sarah Mackie) as well as distinguishing it as a recommended production.
Alice in Wonderland is a magical musical retelling of Lewis Carrollâ€™s classic story. This sassy version is the toe-tapping tale of a lost girl, a cool cat, a wild hare, and the original â€œdancing queen.â€ The Queen of Hearts is back to dish up her special recipe for justice and all of Wonderland awaits Aliceâ€™s trial.
Panelists praised Deb G. Girdlerâ€™s performance as the Queen of Hearts; she was â€œa major anchor in this show and did an excellent job. She was imperious and ferocious and simultaneously, a King as well as a Queen.â€ Sarah Mackieâ€™s Cheshire Cat showed â€œover-the-top characterization and overall style.â€ Brian C. Mehringâ€™s set was â€œvisually stunningâ€¦Creative staging gave the story a vibrant and smart play space.â€ Finally, Shannon Rae Lutzâ€™s props were â€œunique and cleverâ€¦the detail and love she showed was commendable.â€ The entire production was â€œholiday fun fare for the family. You just sit and wonder as Wonderland washes over you – nonstop singing and dancingâ€ with â€œdazzling, outlandish charactersâ€.
Alice in Wonderland continues through December 30th. Tickets can be purchased at www.ensemblecincinnati.org.