Jobsite Theater’s Alice

Jobsite Theater’s Alice

A cabaret spectacle celebrating the work of Lewis Carroll

Adapted by David M. Jenkins, Spencer P. Meyers, and Katrina Stevenson. Art Direction by Spencer P. Meyers. Music by Jeremy Douglass and Juniper Douglass. Lyrics by Lewis Carroll, Colleen Cherry, Jeremy Douglass, and Kasondra Rose.

May 12 – Jun. 4, 2023

Preview Performances: May 10 – 11

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

This show is dedicated to the memory of Rachel Ann Lisi, who loved both Jobsite and Lewis Carroll

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Distinctions

Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Winner

Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Nominated

BroadwayWorld Nominated

What It's About

We realized something with 2021’s Shockheaded Peter (winner of not one but two 2021 Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Awards): we missed devising new work. For our first 10 years, a mainstage slot was dedicated to a new show that brought together the embarrassment of talent the company has available. Jobsite Theater’s ALICE is a brand-new cabaret spectacle based on the writing of Lewis Carroll that fuses live music, visual art, puppetry, aerial and circus arts, and plenty of good ol’ fashioned theater magic in an evening audiences may not be able to simply categorize as a play, musical, or something altogether different, but that they will surely talk about for years to come.

Original music — ranging in style from weird polkas to the musical theater stylings of Kurt Weill – is being composed by our resident wizard Jeremy Douglass (with assistance from his daughter Juniper Douglass) with lyrics by Douglass, Lewis Carroll, Colleen Cherry, and Kasondra Rose. The live band features Douglass on keys with Mark Warren on strings and Elwood Bond on percussion.

Katrina Stevenson and Kasondra Rose team up to provide choreography and dazzling aerial lyra hoop sequences. Stevenson also serves as the show’s costumer.

The entire visual aesthetic of the show is based on the artwork of Jobsite Artistic Associate Spencer P. Meyers, who is also designing and building all of the puppets, ranging in size from tiny 1-person miniatures to enormous constructions operated by 4 performers.

While we do not like to make direct age recommendations because every family has different and tastes and sensibilities and every child is unique, we do hope this show will be fun for the young and young-at-heart. To ensure optimum enjoyment for all guests, we strongly recommend that children under the age of 5 not attend any theater show that is not specifically toddler-friendly.

Rehearsal photo for Jobsite's ALICE. Photo courtesy Stage Photography of Tampa
Rehearsal photo for Jobsite's ALICE. Photo courtesy Stage Photography of Tampa

Critic Reviews

Immersive and untethered to reality, Jobsite’s ALICE is an eclectic, episodic journey full of fun. – Creative Loafing

a feast for the eyes, and an energetic spectacle that keeps you wanting more ... an ensemble brainchild of the one company in the area known for harnessing the weird, the avant-garde …You'll have a wicked good time. – BroadwayWorld

a wonderfully imaginative production in the tradition of last year’s Shockheaded Peter … a summer romp for all ages, but especially for those who want to be a kid again. – The German Radio Show, Kulturspiegel

It unspools like a manic, mushroom-fueled Muppet Show. – St. Pete Catalyst

It unspools like a manic, mushroom-fueled Muppet Show. – St. Pete Catalyst

Jobsite’s finest adaptation to date. With Jobsite’s ALICE, Jobsite Theater proudly displays its mastery of the craft and art of ensemble storytelling. Jobsite’s ALICE should be considered among the best theatrical adaptations of Alice in Wonderland anywhere. Every member of this production commits to the highest quality of work and gives their audience a fantastic night at the theater. – The Gabber

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Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Direction
  • Jeremy Douglass, Juniper Douglass – Compositions

Book & Lyrics

  • Lewis Carroll – Lyrics
  • Colleen Cherry – Lyrics
  • Jeremy Douglass – Lyrics
  • David M. Jenkins – Adaptation, Book
  • Spencer P. Meyers – Adaptation
  • Kasondra Rose – Lyrics
  • Katrina Stevenson – Adaptation

Cast

  • Julia Rifino – Alice
  • Robert Spence Gabriel – Jabberwocky / Knave of Hearts / Puppets
  • Colleen Cherry – Bandersnatch / Queen of Hearts / King of Hearts / Puppets
  • Donovan Whitney – Mad Hatter / White Knight / Caterpillar / Puppets
  • Ryan Sturm – White Rabbit / March Hare / Mock Turtle / Puppets
  • Katrina Stevenson – Cheshire Cat / Red Queen/ Tweedledum / Puppets
  • Kasondra Rose – Dormouse / March Hare / Tweedledee / White Queen / Puppets

Band

  • Jeremy Douglass – Keys
  • Mark Warren – Strings
  • Elwood Bond – Percussion

Production and Crew

  • Maxwell Allen – Scenic Crew, Lighting Crew
  • Connor Averill-Snell – Scenic Crew, Lighting Crew
  • Jo Averill-Snell – Lighting Designer
  • Teah Banks – Properties
  • Dave Cohen – Sound Consultant
  • Matthew Gasperino – Lighting Crew
  • Greg Kazek – Sound Engineer
  • Ashley Lord – Puppetry Consultant
  • Spencer P. Meyers – Puppet Design and Construction
  • Nick Noelte – Scenic Crew
  • Abby Purvis – Stage Management Intern
  • Julia Rifino – Scenic Artist
  • Kasondra Rose – Choreographer
  • Brian Smallheer – Set Design, Technical Direction
  • Nicole Jeannine Smith – Stage Manager
  • Katrina Stevenson – Choreographer / Costume Designer

Patron Reviews

saw it last night … OUTSTANDING! – Lea Davidson-Bern

It was SPECTACULAR, as always. <3 – Amanda DeCort

Wonderstruck! I giggled, chuckled, chortled, tee-hee-hee’d in amazement the whole time. I even stifled a snort 😆 Can’t wait to see it again! – Steph Gocklin

Thank you @jobsiotetheater for the amazing opening night of Alice, what an amazing production! – @robertgaston.realtor

This is my new favorite interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. It has everything! Acrobatics, puppets, music plus great actors! GO!! – @kyoukifl

Truly Incredible Performance! An awesome production. We loved it. – Mark and Bonita Axley

Just saw it — WOW WOW WOW!! Dazzling fun and excellent production all around. – Rachel Macke

Julia is absolutely incredible!! What a talented actress and puppeteer!!! – Heather Hanson

Saw this show tonight! It was amazing! The singing, acting, staging, musical score, directing, sets, props, puppets, and costumes all came together for 85 minutes of pure magic🎩 !!! Lewis Carroll, I’m sure, would give this one 2 thumbs up 👍!! – Barbara Goebel

Awesome performance on Sunday! Loved the energy! – Bonita Axley

Bravo! The Show was mesmerizing!! – @bby_cooperative

It was magical! – Jannine Cherry

The opening night of Alice was amazing! – @halfpinthippie

I loved every minute of it, every time I had a favorite character, a new one came along!! Everybody nailed their part! I was excited to get to hold one of the oysters!😍😍😍 Great job everyone!! – Melody Griffith

Awesome. It’s weird. It’s kooky. It’s fabulous. And you’ll find yourself singing along with a turtle. Get your tickets while you can. – Brad Casey

We saw Alice tonight! The artwork, puppets, original songs, costumes, and script were amazing!!! One of my favorite shows of all time! Don’t forget we’re all a little mad! ❣️♠️♥️♣️♦️🃏😸😻🙀👑🐇🐰🎩🥳☕️🫖⏱️🥿🤴🏼👸🏼🌹😻🩷❤️🧡🧡💛🩵💙💚💙 – Cherry Lynn

What a great show! Thanks for providing us with such wonderful, innovative entertainment!! – Kelsi Oswald

The selection of shows this year was awesome! Maybe my favorite year yet and Wendy and I have been season ticket holders for several years. Every season has some absolute gems but this season every one has been great! – Rebecca Geiger

We LOVED Alice – It’s the ONLY production of Alice in Wonderland / Through the Looking Glass that stays TRUE to the SPIRIT of the book throughout the entire show. Amazing songs / singing / acrobatics / puppetry / music / acting / staging / props / etc etc etc. I checked out both books from the library a couple of weeks ago and read each so I was ready for every reference and boy – Jobsite’s production is PACKED full of the seeming LUNACY of Charles Dodgeson’s Lewis Carroll. I think these two books inspired and informed MUCH of the twentieth century. Jobsite Theater ROCKS – A Thespian Treasure of Tampa Bay – Michael Bagby

3 Responses

  1. I have tickets to this performance but don’t know anything about it, really. Is it suitable for my young granddaughter?

    1. Hi Ralph, we never like to make direct age recommendations since every family is different and tastes and sensibilities can vary so much. What we can say with certainty is that the show is adapted directly from Lewis Carroll’s writings, and we truly hope that it will delight both young and old audience members. 🙂

  2. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! It was one of the best things I ever got to see! Is there any place to listen to the songs online? They were so good!

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