Verlaine & McCann Debut Original, Evening-Length Musical Compositions in 10th Anniversary Production of
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS:
THE BURLESQUE ALICE IN WONDERLAND
April 26-May 6, 2018 at The Triple Door
Conceived, Developed, Directed, and Produced by Lily Verlaine & Jasper McCann
Artistic Direction and Choreography by Lily Verlaine
Music Direction, Script, and Lyrics by Jasper McCann
With great excitement, Verlaine and McCann announce the 10th anniversary production of their original re-imagination of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of nonsense and fantasy, Through The Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland. New this year, Verlaine and McCann debut an evening of original music arrangements that will be performed live on stage for the first time by a jazz/rock ensemble comprised of top Seattle-based musicians. Accompanied by the finest dance talent including Lily Verlaine as Caterpillar, Tori Peil as Cheshire Cat, and Paris Original’s Knave Of Hearts, fresh scenic design by Footlight Award-winner Julia Welch, invigorated costuming by Stephanie Seymour, and Lily Verlaine’s award-winning choreography, Through The Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice In Wonderland will be on stage for an extended two week run at The Triple Door, performing April 26 through May 6, 2018. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Triple Door box office at (206) 838-4333 or visiting their website at thetripledoor.net.
In Verlaine and McCann’s mischievous re-imagination, we follow Alice as she discovers what wonders lie beyond the velvet rope at Wonderland’s most exclusive nightclub, The Looking Glass, and tries to best the evil Queen of Hearts to become the next Queen of Wonderland. This season, dancers from around the region combine traditional jazz and ballet dance into a whirlwind of whimsy and bawdy beauty, set to a stunning new score inspired by hard-bop, psychedelic rock, go-go, and Indian Raga-pop recordings of the mid-60’s. Of the music, McCann said, “Now that we’ve tackled Tchaikovsky, my team (Kate Olson and Michael Owcharuk, who worked with me on composing/arranging the music for Land Of The Sweets) and I felt like anything was possible. When Lily and I conceived of Alice, we wanted it to have a psychedelic 60’s look and feel. We’ve taken inspiration from 60’s rock groups (The Zombies, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Association, The Beatles), pop-jazz composers (Henry Mancini, Lalo Schfrin) and hard-bop jazz (Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan). I’m excited to see the way the live music changes the energy of the production, and to how it inspires the dancers’ performances.
PROGENITORS OF THE “SPECTACLE OF ECDYSIASTIC PAGEANTRY“
Verlaine and McCann are the Seattle-producing pair behind the wildly popular holiday spectacle Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker. They produce large-scale, theatrical burlesque extravaganzas that feature high-quality costuming, original scripts, musical compositions, and professional-caliber dance performance. Each production evolves visually with every passing season. Over the last five years, Verlaine and McCann have engaged heavily with local costumer Stephanie Seymour (formerly of Teatro ZinZanni) to reinvest in their productions visual quality, delighting returning audiences and newcomers alike, while also presenting a brand new scenic design by Julia Welch in 2017 that returns now in 2018.
Verlaine and McCann strive to bring new interpretations of classic themes to dance, theatre, and storytelling, and have put their own unique touch on the Carroll cannon. “We have always strived to eschew representations of ideas that have a monopoly in the cultural conversation,” Verlaine commented. “For Alice, we’ve interpreted Carroll’s classic characters in a way we believe to be fresh, new, and unexpected. And, as new artists take on a character, we let the artists’ strengths inform the character. For instance, Tory Peil’s stoic/manic performance of the Cheshire Cat role differs greatly from prior artists’ performances, and the Tribellas’ (Ivy D’Vine, Juwana Heart) Flamingoes number now showcases their signature fusion belly dancing where before they were sadistic ballerinas. We always try to add some new surprises… who knows what we’ll add this year?”