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Behind the Footlights
Alice through the Looking Glass
Roger Loeb

Excitement is mounting. ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS auditions are coming soon – Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, Sept. 7 at 1:00 PM. They will be held at the North Rosedale Park Community House. No special preparation is needed. Just come to read.

Our version of Alice will combine scenes from Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass. The director is still fine-tuning the script, so there may be some additions or deletions of characters.

Most parts are open to all actors. There are no age or gender requirements except for a few roles. Everyone 12 or older is encouraged to audition. Because this play is a comedy, and takes place in a dream world, parts are open to actor interpretation at the casting. What follows are guidelines for each character. It is important to note that many of the characters in this play appear in only one scene, so those roles will require less rehearsal time.

North Rosedale Community House
18445 Scarsdale St.
Detroit, MI 48223

Cast of Characters:

Alice (casting age 12-25): A young girl with lots of imagination, fond of showing off her knowledge. Polite but persistent, interested in others, precocious, with shameless curiosity; easily put off by abruptness and rudeness of others.

Red Queen/Sheep: Civil but unpleasant, hounding Alice about her lack of etiquette and general knowledge; overbearing, meticulously obsessive about manners, yet civil in a self-righteous and supercilious way; constant badgering of, and in competition with, Alice.

White Queen: Absent-minded, untidy, disorderly, anxious mess; explains the properties of Looking-Glass World, including the reversal of time and the need to believe in the impossible.

Red King: The sleeping King; manages to frighten Alice; also plays the judge at the trial.

White King: Takes words literally; completely helpless and terrified of some other characters; sends his horses and men to rescue Humpty Dumpty.

Humpty Dumpty: An egg person who sits on a wall; constantly interrupts and instructs Alice on vocabulary and language; confident about his definitions of words even though most of what he says is ridiculous.

Tweedledum and Tweedledee: Identical twins; get along well and finish each others’ thoughts; they embody proper social behavior; impart a message of caution through their strict adherence to rules; they have a mean streak and end up fighting each other.

March Hare/Haigha: Rather rude and provoking at the tea party; nervous and frightened witness at the trial.

Mad Hatter/Hatta: Host of the tea party; impolite; enjoys frustrating Alice.

White Rabbit: The herald in the Red Queen’s court; nervous, always in a hurry.

The Red Knight: A knight who attempts to capture Alice; captured by the White Knight.

The Chorus: This group of actors will perform several physical actions and recitations throughout the play, perform the set changes, as well as play the various roles of: The Jury, Fawn, Gnat, Unicorn, Lion, Tiger-lily, Rose, Violet, Lily, The Daisies, Guard, Goat, Beetle, Horse, and White Paper Gentleman.

As you can see, there are many parts from the goofy to the sublime. If acting is not for you, please contact the producer TK (aka, Tamara Kamara) at tamarakamara@gmail.com, to volunteer your services for cooking, seating patrons, collecting props, running a spotlight, sewing a costume, painting on the set, or a myriad of other activities. There’s a role for everyone in this production. Join us in this community group of the North Rosedale Park Players.
The show will be directed by Sarah Hadeen. Show dates are November 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23. Please invite family and friends to audition!

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