By Randy Dodson
FCE Contributing Writer 


Musical Comedy Adaptation of Alice in Wonderland Bigger & Better


Last updated 5/3/2016 at 6am | View PDF


Now in their 3rd Season, St. John's Conservatory Theater proudly announces the cast for their delightful family musical ALICE ISN'T ALL THERE. Based on the iconic Lewis Carroll classic ALICE IN WONDERLAND, this production promises to be bigger, better, and above all much more entertaining, says the company.

ALICE ISN'T ALL THERE, which originally opened their theater in 2014 to much fanfare, is an original musical comedy with a book, music, and lyrics by award-winning writer/composer Brazillia R. Kreep (aka Richard O'Donnell), and will open this June for a two-week run (June 3, 4, 17, 18 at 7 pm and matinees June 5 & 19 at 2 pm). 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, directed by O'Donnell with musical direction and choreography by Angela Conzone Dwyer.

The story of ALICE ISN'T ALL THERE concerns a steampunk-style Bells & Wheezle Circus Company, who set up their tent alongside the St. Lawrence River. There, under the big top, they perform their version of the famous story ALICE IN WONDERLAND. After plucking their contemporary Alice (played by Elizabeth Peo) from the audience, she finds herself in a Wonderland of trouble, haunted by the original Victorian Alice (played by Hailey Weber) while interacting with all the classic characters. "Think Jules Verne meets Monty Python under the Big Top," explains O'Donnell, "and you'll get the idea."

The 20 member cast hails from all over the North Country and includes Angelina Schembry as Jacky Rabbit, Shelly Murdock as the Cheshire Cat, Richard O'Donnell as the Mad Hatter, Christopher Rodriguez as the Dormouse, Christopher Dwyer as Tweedledee, Ryan Woodard as Tweedledum, Connor Banning as the Caterpillar, Angela Conzone Dwyer as the Queen of Hearts, and Grace Brunet as the Knave of Hearts. The Bells & Wheezle Circus clowns include O'Donnell as Belvedere Brumbleton, Christopher Dwyer as Mr. Zizzlebot, Angela Conzone Dwyer as Mrs. Zizzlebot, Myah Myers as Boo Hoo, Brandon Bogart as Itsy Bitsy, Jillian LeBel as Marbles, Grace Brunet as Jingle Jangle, Grant Brunet as Zigzag, Dana McCormick as Ping Pong, Macy Murdock as Razzmataz, Madison Miller as Hob Nob, Jennifer Ann as Flip Flop, Meghan Gardner as Topsy Turvey, and Connor Banning as Hoity Toity.

JCT principal creative staff includes Producer and Director Richard 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 includes Rector Dr. 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.

Tickets go on sale in mid-April and will be available electronically at for $10.00 (under ALICE ISN'T ALL THERE or ST. JOHN'S CONSERVATORY THEATER) or at the door the night of the performances for $15. For more information, please visit St. John's Conservatory Theater's Facebook page:


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