Alice - Cast & Orchestra

 

Alice - (2001-2013)
Adapted from Lewis Carroll by Gary Bachlund & Marilyn Barnett

After the stories of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass."

 

In two acts for eighteen soli (playing multiple parts) and chamber orchestra


Cast

[ Eighteen singers in order of first appearance, mast singers taking two roles ]

 

 X denotes a large or central role

 

Lewis Carroll / Gryphon / White Knight

Alice

White Rabbit (only in Wonderland)

Tenor

Soprano or Mezzo Soprano

Countertenor

X

X

X

 

[ The remainder of the cast play different parts in each act, and are listed below in order of appearance in Act One ]

 

Mouse / Tweedledee

Lory / Guard

Dodo / Gnat

Caterpillar / Unicorn

Frog Footman / Frog

Fish-Footman / Pudding

Cook / White Queen

Duchess / Red Queen

Cheshire Cat / Messenger

Mad Hatter / White King / Dean Liddell

March Hare / Humpty Dumpty

Dormouse / Tiger Lily / Mrs. Liddell

Queen of Hearts / Lion

King of Hearts / Red Knight

Mock Turtle / Tweedledum

Tenor

Baritone

Soprano

Baritone

Baritone

Baritone

Soprano

Mezzo Soprano

Baritone

Baritone

Tenor

Soprano

Bass or Bass Baritone

Tenor

Tenor

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

 

X

 

[ Extras: Alice's sisters, the Reverend Robinson Duckworth, Flowers, Soldiers and Cards ]

Tessitura and Description (in order of first appearance)

 

Lewis Carroll / Gryphon / White Knight     X  

lyric tenor, tall, physically of thin or medium build

 

Alice     X

lyric soprano or mezzo soprano,

small, physically of thin or medium build, girlish

 

White Rabbit     X

countertenor, of any build or physical type

 

Mouse / Tweedledee     X

character tenor of "imposing stature" with comic skills

   

 

Lory / Guard

baritone, smaller part

  

 

Dodo / Gnat

soprano with comic skills

 

Caterpillar / Unicorn

character baritone

  

 

Fish-Footman / Pudding

character baritone, smaller part

 

Frog-Footman / Frog

character baritone, smaller part

 

Cook / White Queen    X

high soprano, large part, paired with Duchess and Red Queen

 

Duchess / Red Queen     X

mezzo soprano, large part, paired with Cook and White Queen

 

Cheshire Cat / Messenger

character baritone      

 

Mad Hatter / White King / Dean Liddell (spoken)    X

baritone with comic skills, paired with Mrs. Liddell

 

March Hare / Humpty Dumpty    X

character tenor of large stature, who sings a "patter song"

 

Dormouse / Tiger-Lily / Mrs. Liddell (spoken)

soprano, paired with Dean Liddell

 

Queen of Hearts / Lion   X

bass or bass-baritone, taller than the King of Hearts

 

 

King of Hearts / Red Knight

character tenor, preferably significantly slighter than the Queen of Hearts

 

Mock Turtle / Tweedledum     X

character tenor of "imposing stature" with comic skills

  


 

Orchestra

 

-- revised 2013 --

 

(17 Players minimum)

Oboe I & II

Horns I & II

Percussion (single player)

Harp

Piano

Strings (3,2,2,2,1 minimum)

 


NOTE     For a richer orchestral texture, doublings of the single strings are suggested though not required.