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By Randy Dodson
FCE Staff 


Alice in Wonderland, Oliver Twist, and The Little Match Girl Offered


Last updated 3/31/2016 at 6:50pm | View PDF

Street Urchins Jullian LeBel as Cager, Grant Brunet as Rusty, Sloane Ryan as Nipper, Chris Rodriguez as Spider, and Grace Brunet as Dolly sing WISH in last year's Christmas Carol - photo Kristen Weber

St. John's Conservatory Theater announced their extraordinary upcoming 2016 season which includes some pretty iconic literature-to-stage adaptations. Their lineup includes Alice Isn't All There, based on Lewis Carol's Alice in Wonderland, Twist, inspired by Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, and Matchsticks, based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl.

Alice Isn't All There, which originally opened the theater in 2014 to packed houses, is a musical comedy with a book, music, and lyrics by award-winning writer/composer Brazillia R. Kreep (a.k.a Richard O'Donnell), and will open this June for a two-week run. Originally staged as Reader's Theater, whereby scripts were held and costumes minimized, this Alice will be a fully staged production with new arrangements/orchestrations by Ogdensburg Free Academy student Ryan C. McNally.

In October, their all-original production of Twist, a musical comedy with a book, music and lyrics by R. O'Donnell with additional music by O'Donnell & McNally, will play for two weekends. In this production the infamous Artful Dodger returns but Oliver is now Olivia (gender bending is a trademark of the company), and promises to be quite the musical comedy romp.

In December, the Christmas season will receive a delightful family entertainment with the musical Matchsticks, whereby a young girl sells matchsticks on the streets of New York during one of the coldest nights of winter. With each strike of her match, a lavish Christmas scene appears to keep the little match girl in good spirits.

The St. John's Conservatory Theater experience is a unique one, too. It's quite intimate in their 100 seat venue as actors enter through the audience, even interacting with them to great effect. They're also known for their improvisation and (for the would-be actor) actually inviting members of the audience onstage as one of the characters. These signature practices keep things lively as ever and are undeniably hilarious to see.

JCT principal creative staff includes Producer and Director R. O'Donnell, Musical Director and Choreographer Angela Conzone Dwyer, Arranger and Orchestrator Ryan C. McNally, Scenic and Prop Designer Stephen Chambers, Costume and Makeup Designer Karen Fischbeck Carmany, Technical Director and Production Coordinator Christopher Dwyer, and Stage Manager Sadie Smith. Collectively they have over five decades of professional theatrical and academic experience including regional, stock, bus and truck, off-off-Broadway, off-Broadway, and Broadway stages.

Other vital JCT personnel include Rector Fr. Michael O'Donnell, assistant technical director Ryan Woodard, assistant costumer Ann Losurdo, assistant set dresser Pat Kelly, house manager Sheila LaMere, and general manager Bill LaMere.

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