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West High School student to make directing debut on Knoxville Children’s Theatre stage

West High School junior & KCT Directing Intern A. J. Tierney will make her directing debut with “Alice’s Rumpus in Wonderland” which is coming to the Knoxville Children’s Theatre stage on February 20th.

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present Alice’s Rumpus In Wonderland, the premiere of a new stage adaptation of the classic fantasy novel by Lewis Carroll. The play will be performed February 20 through March 8, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; Sundays at 3 PM. This will be KCT’s 65th full-scale production. Tierney is a West High School junior. Her year-long internship with the company included work as props mistress, stage manager, and production manager. In October 2014, she co-directed The Hound of The Baskervilles, choreographing the numerous wordless sequences in the play.

KCT’s farcical new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland” and “Alice Through The Looking-Glass” re-imagines the story in the Roaring 1920’s, the era of flappers, magicians, and madcap Manhattan-ites.

Backstage at the ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1925, Alice has lost a white rabbit named Mr. Pepper. The rabbit belongs to Harry Houdini, the great magician who is Alice’s mother’s boss. After an accidental knock on the head while chasing the rabbit through Houdini’s trick mirror, she finds herself in the hotel elevator, and Mr. Pepper is the elevator operator. Down, down, down they go… to Wonderland.

All of the beloved characters from the novels show up, including the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, Humpty Dumpty, the Dormouse, the Queen of Hearts, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee. In a rip-roaring 1920s fashion, they create a regular rumpus!

KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of stage plays for children and the area’s leading producer of new works, having produced 24 original plays since 2008. Over 9,500 people attended a KCT play in 2014.

The play is performed by 18 talented young actors, from ages 9 to 16. Alice is portrayed by Ruthanne Carter, a veteran KCT performer whose last lead role was as Matilda in 2012. Catherine Blevins plays the dual role of Alice’s Mother and “the Chelsea Cat.” Caroline Dyer also plays dual roles of a Millionairess at the Waldorf and the Queen of Hearts. Callie Dowd performs the role of the Mad Hatter.

Two actors are making their KCT debuts: Isabella Silvan and Cole Vanwinkle.

The rest of the cast includes KCT veteran performers Ben Barber, Lydia Baxter, Zoe Brookshire-Risley, Cody Chaffins, Hannah Crowder-Starnes, Jake Green, L. J. McDaniel, Bethany Moon, Makinnon O’Brien, Juliana Pulsinelli, Zak Terry, Ethan Turbyfill, and Cole Vanwinkle.

Rose Bolton will design and build the costumes. The play’s stage manager is Randy Thompson, a veteran of Knoxville theatre, on-stage and off.

Tickets: $12; any adult & Child entering together, $10 each Reservations can be made by calling 865-208-3677 or online at The theatre is located at 109 E. Churchwell Avenue; corner of Central & Churchwell Avenues.

Published February 8, 2015

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