Benedum Center
February 1019
8 p.m., 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Take a magical trip down the rabbit hole with the whole family when Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre brings Lewis Carroll’s iconic novel to life in a fast-paced production choreographed by award-winning British dancer Derek Deane.

From size-shifting scenery and eye-popping illusions to 100 fantastical costumes, kids of all ages will be mesmerized by the off-kilter action and imaginative story.

Feeling curiouser and curiouser? Plunge into a pool of tears, attend a mad tea party, stroll through a garden populated by live flowers and watch the Queen of Hearts’ croquet match.

In Deane’s contemporary twist on the timeless classic, each of Carroll’s beloved characters is imbued with quirky movements, unique personality traits and soaring corps de ballet techniques. Kids will love following the twirling Tiger Lilies, undulating Caterpillar, harried hopping White Rabbit, and angular playing cards.

Alice in Wonderland. Image courtesy of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Photo by Duane Rieder.

A dream team of designers created the intricate costumes and sets—including 18 wigs and 30 prosthetic pieces made by Sue Blane—acclaimed for her work on cult favorite, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Bringing the surrealist worlds of illustrator John Tenniel to life are morphing scenery, elaborately painted curtains and 3D sets.

Taking the show to new dimensions are special effects created by celebrated English illusionist Paul Kieve—who consulted on several Harry Potter films. Watch out for the roses that change color, size-shifting table and floating teacups and clocks.

The sweeping score features 15 excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Album for the Young, including a whimsical medley arranged by Carl Davis.

Photo by Rich Sofranko.

Looking for extra love from Alice and friends? Check out the PBT’s special Valentine’s Day show at 7:30 p.m.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...