“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” to open at the Matthews

July 7, 2021

The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center in Spearfish, SD is excited to announce the production of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” an original adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic by local author Joanna Mechaley. Performances start July 12 and continue every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:30 pm though the month of July. Mechaley is also directing the show.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 (youth 18 and under), and can be purchased online at matthewsopera.com, in the Matthews’ gallery, or by calling 605.642.7973.

Darren Granaas, executive director at the Matthews, said this show is a continuation of their summer theater tradition. 

“For the past few years, we have produced ‘The Phantom of the Matthews Opera House,’ an incredible show written by local author playwright, Paul Higbee.” Granaas explained. “This year, we are trying something new and we are so excited to continue the tradition of showcasing local authors.

Granaas added that “Phantom” will definitely make a return in the future. 

“It’s a classic and it was written for our beautiful theater. So it’s certainly not going anywhere.”

In “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the classic story by Lewis Carroll, audiences will tumble down the rabbit hole and meet a troupe of charmingly madcap characters. This original adaptation is a dream-like journey filled with the simple charm and magic of turn-of-the-century theater. Alice, tired of having nothing to do, follows a frantic white rabbit to Wonderland where everything is out-of-the-way and circumstances never unfold quite as she expects. In a world gone topsy-turvy, Alice grows and shrinks to extremes, receives advice from a cheeky cat, attends a mad tea-party and struggles to keep her head.

The show features intricate masks created by local artists and a cast of talented area actors.

“It’s also full of fun theatre tricks that create incredible visual illusions,” Granaas added. “It’s a family-friendly show that everyone will enjoy!”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit matthewsopera.com


Alice – Lucy Cole

White Rabbit – John Eisenbraun

Queen of Hearts – Caroline McVey

Carroll  – Mitchell Mechaley

(also plays Mad Hatter) 

Duckworth – Dwight Myers

(also plays Bill, Duchess, Card Nine)

Lorina – Danielle Valentine

(also plays Cheshire Cat)

Edith – Bailey Sadowsky

(also plays Caucus Race Animal, Caterpillar Body, Card Five, Dormouse)

Violet – Tori Schoenherr

(also plays Dodo, Caterpillar Body, Card Seven, March Hare)

Rhoda – Brooklyn DeNeui

(also plays Caucus Race Animal, Caterpillar Body, Card Two, Gryphon)

Joan – Gretchen Volk

(also plays Caucus Race Animal, Footman, Mock Turtle)

King of Hearts – Tytus Spivey

(also plays Caucus Race Animal, Caterpillar Head)

Miss Prickett – Lisa Junge

(also plays Mouse, Duchess’s Cook, Caterpillar Body, Knave of Hearts)

The next event at The Matthews is the 43rd Festival in the Park, July 16 – 18. For additional information or to learn about upcoming events, visit www.matthewsopera.com

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