Feature Performance


October 17 – November 16, 2014

A new musical written and directed by Andrew Barbato

Music by Lesley DeSantis

Based on the books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Alice through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Musical Director: Robert L. Rucinski. Composer: Lesley DeSantis and Andrew Barbato. Orchestration: Douglas Makuta. Scenic design: Matthew T. Lazure. Lighting design: Scott Clyve. Costume design: Lisa Simpson. Choreographer: Laura Graczyk.

This new adaptation sends us on a fantastical coming of age adventure. Alice, relying on her wit and empathy, must negotiate the seemingly arbitrary rules of polite society; the tea parties, the poetry recitals, the croquet matches, and the important dates with royalty. In this distorted adult world of Wonderland, will Alice retain her dreams when pressured by the capricious nature of conformity?

This new musical adaptation of the stories “Alice in Wonderland” and "Alice through the Looking Glass" by Stoneham local, Andrew Barbato, offers a fresh musical perspective on the satirical vignettes drawn up by Lewis Carroll. Barbato, who has graced local stages as an actor, has been writing plays since he was a teen. "WFT has been an instrumental force in my artistic development and I feel lucky to have been mentored by founding members Jane Staab and Susan Kosoff," says Andrew. "Places like WFT replenish my soul and remind me that the journey is much richer than the destination."

New producer Wendy Lement states, "I want Wheelock to present new work that brings beloved stories to life in fresh and dynamic ways. The stories we tell must awaken our senses, alter our perceptions, promote empathy, and encourage dialogue. I am thrilled to put this new work by Andrew front and center as our season opener."

Recommended for adults, teens, and children 6+.


October 17 – November 16, 2014
Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday & Sunday Matinees at 3:00
School day performances at 10:30am: October 22, October 28, November 13.
ASL/Audio-description dates: Friday November 14 at 7:30 and Sunday November 16 at 3:00
All performances offer Open Captioning

  • Tickets: $20-$35
  • Box Office: 617-879-2300; tickets@wheelock.edu
  • Website: www.WheelockFamilyTheatre.org
  • Location: 180 The Riverway on the campus of Wheelock College in Boston’s Fenway district
  • Parking: Discounted parking at MASCO garage at 375 Longwood Avenue
  • MBTA: Fenway or Longwood on Green Riverside Line (D train); CT busses to Beth Israel
  • Access: The Theatre is wheelchair accessible. All performances are Open Captioned. Scheduled performances are interpreted in American Sign Language and Audio-described. Select performances are relaxed for patrons with sensory sensitivities. Braille programs and audio-enhancement receivers are available upon request.

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