Re-adaptation of ‘Wonderland’ hit Los Banos Arts Center

The Los Banos EnterpriseAugust 7, 2014 

A reworked version of a children’s classic is now being performed at the Ted Falasco Arts Center.

The Los Banos Arts Council and Los Broadway are in the second week of performing “Wonderland: The Alice Story.” Two showings are left, including performances at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday.

The play is a non-traditional musical that picks up where “Alice in Wonderland” ended.

Wonderland has changed since the last time Alice visited; it has become a darker place, with beheadings and an out-of-control dictator. Memory of Alice’s first trip is forgotten by some and her return is feared by others.

“It’s an all-original script, I just used Lewis Carroll’s characters,” said Robert Jerome Pagan, director and writer.

“Wonderland: The Alice Story” was performed in Dos Palos last year, but Pagan has since changed the script.

Pagan said it is among the best works he’s done in his short time in Los Banos doing community theater.

“I think the weirdest thing we did with this script is we made the characters more realistic; you relate to them a lot more,” Pagan said during rehearsals. “We made them real people.”

The 45-member cast rehearsed for two months. As the preview to the opening approached Thursday, jitters were apparent for some.

Jimmy Twoskulls, a Kentucky native making a stop in Los Banos on his way to Los Angeles to try to make it big, wrote the music for the play and was given a narrator-type role.

“I was nervous about my lines but now I’m nervous about being nervous,” Twoskulls said just before taking the stage.

Lighting effects and music are a big part of the show.

Pagan, who also acts in the play, said the production was a big undertaking for him but he’s is pleased with the end result.

Ticket prices for “Wonderland: The Alice Story” range between $10 and $20. To purchase tickets or get more information, call (209) 675-7605 or email

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