A is for Alice ~ April 1, 2018

A is for Alice …

as in Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland has always fascinated me. From the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, to the 1967 song White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, to the 2016 Through the Looking Glass movie starring the ludicrous Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, I was drawn into the myth. I realize I do not know Johnny Depp in “real” as opposed to fake life but in my opinion he is as out there as the characters he typically plays. Judge much J-Dub? Well yes, sometimes I do but this post is not about my bias.

Let’s go back to Alice.

I have been to NYC four glorious times and each time I went to Central Park and each time the Alice in Wonderland statue was our first stop!

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My senior year of high school, I was the Alice understudy in our Spring Production. I was able to perform two of the six performances as a consolation. I did not have to wait for the “real” Alice to be sick. This understudy aka J-Mc (pre J-Dub) got stage time.

I remember the audition, getting up there to read the lines I was given. Of course all the girls wanted to be Alice but not me. You see I never wanted to be the lead.  Instead, I wanted my own small part … the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Queen of Hearts, Twiddle Dee or Twiddle Dum. There are no small parts, only small actors ~ Constantin Stanislavski

I did very well in the first of my two performances or so Sister told me on the van ride back to the school afterwards. However, the second time I got caught in my head and bombed. I remember this like it was yesterday and not 35 years ago. I still want a do over. Picture it! My best Marlon Brando. I could’ve been a contender. Stella!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wait wrong Brando but you get the drift.

Anyway, that’s all I got for A.

As always, more to come.

This post was written as part of Blogging from A to Z April (2018) Challenge.

Post Numero Uno.

19 thoughts on “A is for Alice ~ April 1, 2018

  1. I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!
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    Sorry, I couldn’t resist. =D

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  2. That’s awesome. I had a similar experience with the Wizard of Oz as a child.

    In other news – the Please Touch Museum (which is mostly geared towards kids) has a whole section of Alice in Wonderland stuff. It’s pretty awesome, actually.

    Jayden R. Vincente
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  3. I never wanted to be on stage for our school productions, so I was always relieved I was in the school band and could hide in the pit.

    Stopping by from A-Z (ajblythe.com)

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  4. I’ve only seen photos of that statue, but I still love it. I always wanted a lead part in high school, but was always relegated to the chorus. LOL! Many years later, I had a lead role in one community theater production and a secondary role in another. Bucket list item checked off!

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    1. That is so cool. I showed up at auditions for a community theater production of Wait Until Dark but never made it through the door. My nerves got the better of me. It is still on my bucket list to act on the local stage. And I’d still prefer my own small part to being the lead. Thanks for sharing the links. I am definitely going to take a look.

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  5. Good start to the challenge! I always found Lewis Carroll an interesting character: he had this very artistic and creative side, and he was also a mathematician of some merit. (As I recall, he wrote the book on matrices.) He had his creepy side, too; Vladimir Nabokov called him “Lewis Lewis Carroll Carroll.” I guess he was a little too fond of Alice, although nothing untoward happened between them. At least, nothing I know of, though he took some photos of her that might be considered kiddie porn by more sensitive individuals.

    If you get a chance, read his “A Tangled Tale.” It’s a series of magazine articles, each chapter of which had two or three math problems embedded in them. People would write in to him and give him their answers, and he would write articles that gave the answers and had things to say about the people who wrote in. Of one he said “got the answer right, but didn’t show his work.”

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