Lost in Wonderland by Michelle Deines
When sisters Alice and Lorina seek shelter during a storm, they each become trapped in strange realms where they are pursued by blood-thirsty queens and where nothing is quite as it seems. Lorina disappears first. Desperate to find her, Alice chases the White Rabbit down the Rabbit Hole and instead becomes pursued by the Queen of Hearts. Meanwhile, the Cheshire Cat has lured Lorina into the Looking-Glass Realm, where her only hope of finding her way back rests with a White Knight—who lies in an enchanted sleep from which he will never awake. Separated and alone, the sisters must both call upon the courage they never knew they had to navigate their way through a backwards-world and back to one another. Set modern day, Lost in Wonderland is about finding courage in a world filled with uncertainty. It is a free adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass.
This is an excellent ensemble piece, suitable for actors ages 12 and up, including high school and university level.
There are two songs in the play: "Down the Rabbit Hole" in Act 1, and "We Go Backwards on the Way" in Act 2. Parties who are interested in producing the play can either compose their own music, or contact the author regarding music that was composed for the original production.
Keywords: Alice in Wonderland, Queen of Hearts, ensemble
Lost in Wonderland was first produced at Capilano University Theatre in November 2022 in North Vancouver, BC.
Genre: Comedy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Play with Music, adaptation, absurdist/farce
Run time: 90 minutes
Suitable for students 12+
Cast size: 12 actors
Casting note: The casting can be doubled and be played with a minimum of 12 actors, but can be expanded to a cast of 22. (Doubling suggestions are contained in the script.)
Alice and Lorina should be played by female/female identifying actors. All other parts, however, can be cast with actors of any gender (including non-binary, trans, etc). Pronouns can be changed accordingly.
Alice and Lorina are described as being 11 and 13, respectively, but can be played by actors who are older.
Cover art photograph by Brian Ball, featuring actors Jasmin Eadie as the Cheshire Cat and Jaymie Gunn as Lorina.