Alllice: A rock light opera. An improvisational theatre project

Alllice: a rock light opera is an attempt at a fairly new concept in theatrical presentations: a rock light opera. Opera is divided into two separate categories, grand opera and light opera. Grand opera is totally sung, while light opera: is mostly sung yet relies heavily on dialogue. The production was staged at Van Nuys High School, Van Nuys, California on June 2, 3, 10 and 11. The cast was comprised of twenty-four high school students ranging in age from fifteen to eighteen, and five musicians ---three from Van Nuys High School and two from Valley State College. The production was arrived at through carefully structured improvisations and exercises based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Each improvisation was planned, played, analyzed and revised until the finished production was established. Choreography was inspired by the involvement of the actor as each interpreted his character. Music and lyrics occasionally evolved after a scene was set, but more often a particular melody would encourage the creation of a new scene. (See more in text.)