Sunday, July 25, 2010

Alice Video Clips

As luck would have it, during one of our preview performances, Brett Zwerdling and Caroline Sumner took some video of the Alice preshow on the porch. Here's a little taste of what they shot (one above and one below this message). More to follow!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Well, it's hard to believe it's all over. Wonderland was indeed a wonderful experience.
This was our first two week run for a show, and considering the fact that every night sold out, I think it worked out all right. Much like our first show, House Of Yes, this one also took place in a house. However, we added an interactive element where audience members could choose to follow Alice's journey through Wonderland, or create their own. It was our most ambitious project to date from cast size to concept to budget, but our directors Bonnie Gabel and Carolyn Boucher navigated the cast and crew to a crazy, creepy, sexy, and very overwhelming final product.
Thanks to everyone who contributed their hard work, and also to everyone who came out to see Alice in Wonderland. It's been a fun trip down the rabbit hole.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Tickets to see NLC's production of Alice In Wonderland are now available!

SHOWS: May 6-8 and 13-15 @ 8 pm + an IDR Weds. May 5th
PRICE: Sliding scale from $8-$20
WHERE: 2504 North Ave Richmond VA 23222

To purchase tickets, either e-mail or make arrangements with a cast member directly.

Cash and checks only. Please make checks out to Night Light Collective.

Availability is limited for these shows, so please make arrangements soon.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sneak Peek

Here's a sneak peek into the world of Wonderland as it has been developing in our rehearsals. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cheshire Puss

The Cheshire Cat has decided to share some things about herself. Enjoy...

I am the Cheshire Puss. I come from Cheshire – where master is from.

I am ageless; always young, forever wise.

I can see outside Wonderland (not everyone can).

My profession? Me. Cat. Advisor, direction giver, cuddler, general mischief maker …

My greatest fear … my greatest fear … I’m not entirely sure. Not many things scare me. I’m quite comfortable to be a cat you know. And the Dutchess feeds me – whether she means to or not (she’s quite the slob).

So I do well. Wonderland isn’t really a place for fears you know.

My greatest desire is to lay about all day, singing songs, visiting with friends, spying on wonderland – the things people do when they think no one is watching!

Generally I follow my desire every day. My fancy changes quite regularly, especially when we have a guest! Such as Alice.

I said earlier that my greatest desire was to be everyone at once – this is still quite true, thus the disappearing and reappearing. If I should remove my leg from one scene … it can pop up in another. This allows for some wonderful mischief making! Though it’s hard to keep tabs on what all your extremities are doing! So … I can never truly be everywhere at once. Not to mention the Red Queens threats to cut off my head.

What a jealous old woman. She just wants to travel like me.

My biggest secret is that I want to be like Alice. Her youthfulness is intoxicating. Life was so simple then …

My biggest power is seduction. Most of Wonderland is smitten with me; or at least intrigued by me. They don’t all understand me of course, because I am from Cheshire. I can come and go as I please – they are always stuck. But generally they like me. And I’ve only got to do or say a little to get what I want.

My biggest weakness? Goodness heavens! You do as a lot of questions!

Weakness? Food. Slumber. Mischief. Jokes. Misplaced items.

A bad habit I have is seducing my food.

My likes include: slumber, dreams, sneaking up, slinking, smiling, s words, creating mischief, new experiences, new visitors, disappearing and reappearing, confusing others.

My dislikes include: obnoxious animals, boring people, missing something important.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


As our version of Alice in Wonderland develops we will be giving you updates from our cast and crew. Jasmine Coles who is playing Alice wrote a blog about her discoveries while exploring the character:

I have lost count of the many "walls" I have hit while discovering Alice. I hit my very first "wall" when I was asked to read Alice during the auditions. I thought to myself, " I don't know what they want, I don't know how to be Alice and myself." I only knew Alice "the stereotype". However, stereotypes are blown up and generalized, yet contain truth. Understanding the root of the stereotypes and the judgment that comes with the stereotype helps me to recognize my own judgments. So as I rehearsed the reading before entering the audition room I promised myself that I would not attempt to figure out what kind of "Alice" they wanted to see, I was going to give them the Alice I had to offer, and although I did not know what that was, I trusted in my work (This was a big moment for me). I was a colorful experience to discover Alice slowly as I was auditioning, and once I was cast I began filling my head with movies and stories and again I was faced with Alice's stereotype. My first instinct is to detach myself from it because she is a white girl in a blue dress and I am a black girl who wears black clothes everyday for theater class lol. ( but that is my stereotype) So I have decided to start with my stereotype and her stereotype and slowly peel off the layers. And slowly I see, that she is me.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Who are you?

Night Light Collective welcomes the cast of it's upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland!

Alice- Jasmine Coles
Caterpillar- Nicole Carter
Cheshire Cat- Alison Haracznak
Dormouse- Kait Ziegler
Duchess- Ryan Asher
Ensemble- Sara Schmatz
Ensemble- Virginia Fields
Humpty Dumpty- Slade Billew
Mad Hatter-Dallas Tolentino
March Hare- Tori Hirsch-Straus
Red Queen- Kerry McGee
Red King- Eben Kuhns
Tweedledee-Elizabeth Venz
Tweedledum- Elyse Thaler
White Rabbit- Jenny Hann

And the Technical Team:

Stage Manager- Elizabeth Popp
Lights-Andrew Bonniwell
Costumes- Ashphord Jacoway
Masks- Becca Bernard

So many new collaborators! Thank you to all who auditioned. All of the talented people made casting very difficult. Now on to the hard, but exciting part- rehearsals. Stay tuned in for updates!