Kokandy Productions Presents the Midwest Premiere of Alice By Heart

Jul 4, 2024
Alice By Heart presented by Kokandy Productions at Chopin Theatre

Kokandy Productions will present the Midwest premiere of Alice by Heart, a "magical, fantastical" musical inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland directed by Derek Van Barham and Brittney Brown, with music direction by Heidi Joosten and choreography by Derek Van Barham. Alice by Heart will play July 18 - September 29, 2024 at The Chopin Studio Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. in Chicago. 

Alice By Heart by Kokandy Productions at Chopin Theatre

In the rubble of the London Blitz of World War II, Alice Spencer's budding teen life is turned upside down as she and her dear friend Alfred are forced to take shelter in an underground tube station. When the ailing Alfred is quarantined, Alice encourages him to escape with her into their cherished book and journey down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. As they travel through the tale, Alice by Heart explores the poignancy of first love, coming to terms with loss and finding the courage to move forward. This Midwest premiere encourages us all to celebrate the transformational power of the imagination, even in the harshest of times.

Kokandy Producing Artistic Director Derek Van Barham says, "Get ready to fall in love with Alice by Heart. We sure did. It's a show that Scot, Brittney, Heidi and I have listened to for years, and we're just delighted to be able to share it with Chicago. The Chopin basement will be transformed into Wonderland, the audience experiencing Alice's beautiful journey up close and all around them. It's dark, whimsical and witty-a curious twist on a story we think we know."

Caitlyn Cerza stars as Alice, the young girl who takes refuge in her beloved copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. She is joined by a whimsical cast of curious characters including Ezra Borrero (Nigel, Dormouse), Elliot Esquivel (Angus, Caterpillar, u/s Alfred), Niki-Charise Franco (Red Cross Nurse, Queen of Hearts), Joe Giovannetti (Alfred, White Rabbit), Darian Goulding (Dr. Butridge, Jabberwocky, King of Hearts), Will Lidke (Harold Pudding, Mad Hatter), Emily Ling Mei (Young Alice), Patrick O'Keefe (Dodgy, Duchess), Mizha Overn (Tabatha, Cheshire Cat), Alex Stetkevich (Clarissa, Mock Turtle) and Peter Stielstra (Young Alfred). Swings include Sophia Mae Brenner, Victor Lopez, Kevin Parra, Jack Saunders and Ava Stovall.

From the Tony and Grammy Award-winning creators of Spring Awakening, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, and co-written by Jessie Nelson (Waitress), Alice by Heart is a touching musical that invites audiences to go through the looking glass, seeking solace in a Wonderland unlike any they've seen.