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September 1, 2009
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My school is very excited to put on Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr. this November. As director, my biggest concern is set design, especially the rabbit hole and the shrinking/growing Alice. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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December 17, 2009
Here is a link to photos of a production I did in 2008. We used a pretty whimsical unit set for the whole show and the kids had basic costumes in whites and tans which transitioned into their characters by adding accessories. It worked quite well and was done on the cheap. Let me know if you have any other specific questions. rachel@chebeaguechildrenstheatre.com http://www.chebeaguechildrenstheatre.com/Site/Past_Productions/Pages/Ali...

September 27, 2009
We are perfoming Alice Jr in February. Thanks for the link about Forced Perspective. Looking for any other ideas for sets. Thanks!

September 26, 2009
Great ideas everyone, thanks! David, I'm looking forward to seeing your pics.

September 25, 2009
We performed Alice Jr. In July. We used a college lecture/hall auditorium that had no raised stage, no wings, or curtain. It was pretty much like the stadium-seating movie theaters. We did have a HUGE movie screen that we used projections for much of the scenery and 4'X8'X18" platforms. We had great fun and the show was very good. We played off the fact that the audience is seeing a show and the Cheshire Cats are narrating. We has a small upstage center curtain for some entrances and when the "smallification" came we had Alice curtsey to the audience and exit behind the curtain as "Small Alice" entered, immediately afterwards. Small ALice then did a curtsey to the audience. It was a little tongue in cheek and "wink wink" to the audience...but that's the style of the show. It worked very well. At another point, we had the two Alice's high five each other as one went offstage and the other entered. When I get the photos, I will post them here at showspace.

September 8, 2009
Hi Mark! There are some amazing things you can do with a raked floor and forced perspective. As the actor walks up the floor towards the corner, they appear larger. As they walk back down, they seem to grow. If you've ever been to Knott's Berry Farm, you probably know what I'm talking about. Here's a great "how to" link for forced perspective in theatre: http://studiochalkboard.evansville.edu/r-theatre.html Have fun!

September 5, 2009
we just did the show...It was a blast. We used a rolling set peice from a previous show for the hole, and then "Very Good Advise" was a soft shoe tap number with lighting that simulated/abstracted the fall in the rabbit hole. It was very effective and awesome. We had 3 girls playing the role of Alice, and again, lighting covered the transitions. Best wishes on the show! We have some awesome Alice costumes in 3 sizes for rent also if desired. They were built for our actors.