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Re-Imagined “Alice” Coming to University’s Goode Theatre

Only very loosely based on Lewis Carroll's enduring tales, "ALICE" follows a young woman through a world she doesn't recognize, and doesn't have the knowledge or skills to navigate.

This modern, southern and all-American re-imagination of one of children's literature's most beloved characters will be performed at Old Dominion University's Goode Theatre, on Monarch Way, from April 5-8 and 12-15.

"Alice" was written by Lee Smith, an adjunct instructor in the Old Dominion Department of Communication and Theater Arts. Original lyrics and music for the play were composed by Hampton Roads musician Skye Zentz. It will be performed under the direction of Katherine Hammond, director of the University's theater program.

As her life becomes "curiouser and curiouser," Alice learns to believe in the impossible, in herself, and in her own "muchness." Set during New Orleans' Mardi Gras, "Alice" has dancing seagulls, Gator Golf and a pesky Cajun Cheshire Cat/Catfish that gives this delightful new play a rollicking and quirky flavor that is entertainment for all ages.

Through live music, exciting choreography and energetic performances, "Alice" explores major themes of a life lived successfully, including self-discovery, physical and psychological growth, peer pressure vs. integrity, and risk-taking vs. sameness.

"ALICE" opens Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goode Theatre, located at 4601 Monarch Way. Other performances run April 6-8 and 12-15 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on April 8 and 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.ODUArtsTix.com or by contacting the Box Office at 757-683-5305. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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