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Mesa’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ comes with a twist

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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 3:00 pm

Desert Rose Theatre, an East Valley company known for classical Shakespearean and adult theater, is mounting a production most often tackled by local children’s theater troupes: “Alice in Wonderland.”

DRT has decided to turn the classic tale into a production that works for adults as much as for children.

“This is going to be a brand-new adaptation to the play, and we’ve put this together ourselves. We have gone back and written (Alice’s) adventure out in our own unique way,” says Desert Rose artistic director Katherine Stewart.

In the classic story, Alice is given things to eat and drink that change how she perceives things.

“We have approached that in the way that we have all encountered things in the world that aren’t good for us. This play will give you a hidden message of things that adults can relate to,” Stewart says.

While the subtext might go right over the heads of children, she says, audiences will still get the mad tea party, a croquet game and all of the colorful costumes and imagery.

Performances run through Nov. 3 at Power Square Mall in Mesa. To purchase tickets or for information, call (480) 329-2460 or visit

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