Alice Between

Rich Theatre
Recommended for ages 9+/grades 4–8.
World Premiere
playwrights
Neeley Gossett & Steve Coulter
directed by
Rosemary Newcott

In the beloved children’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice finds herself in a world full of strange and wondrous incongruities…much like what the world is like for most middle school students! This modern take on the story finds Alice on her first day as a 7th grader in a new middle school. Gossett and Coulter are able to tap into a dark humor that is especially satisfying and very connected to the nightmare and folly that is both Wonderland and Middle School. Written for and with middle schoolers, Alice Between will be performed in the Rich Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center.

Rich Theatre

Memorial Arts Building at the Woodruff Arts Center

The Woodruff Arts Center is the home of the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the High Museum of Art.

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Cast

Ashley has sometimes believed as much as six impossible things before breakfast — like tumbling down the rabbit hole to adventure in the world of Wonderland that is the Alliance. Battling the Demons of Middle School, I could not have assembled a better team of imagination warriors to journey with. Happy to be challenged. Proud to collaborate. Ecstatic to play. Forever learning.

Ashley Anderson
Ashley Anderson
Alice

Ashley has sometimes believed as much as six impossible things before breakfast — like tumbling down the rabbit hole to adventure in the world of Wonderland that is the Alliance. Battling the Demons of Middle School, I could not have assembled a better team of imagination warriors to journey with. Happy to be challenged. Proud to collaborate. Ecstatic to play. Forever learning.

Lauren is so thankful to be back at the Alliance. Other Alliance credits: Courage and Tall Girls. Lauren holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the New School for Drama in NY. Favorite stage credits: Every Tongue Confess (Horizon Theatre), Barren, CA (Samuel French Festival), Screams of the Butterflies (Off Off Broadway) and On the Verge (Alex). TV/film/web credits include VH1’s “Hindsight” (Lois), “School Spirits,” “Powers,” Mena, Delusions of Guinevere, and Rivals the web series. Thanks to Mom, Dad, and especially my husband to be: Mike.

Lauren Boyd
Lauren Boyd
Tory

Lauren is so thankful to be back at the Alliance. Other Alliance credits: Courage and Tall Girls. Lauren holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the New School for Drama in NY. Favorite stage credits: Every Tongue Confess (Horizon Theatre), Barren, CA (Samuel French Festival), Screams of the Butterflies (Off Off Broadway) and On the Verge (Alex). TV/film/web credits include VH1’s “Hindsight” (Lois), “School Spirits,” “Powers,” Mena, Delusions of Guinevere, and Rivals the web series. Thanks to Mom, Dad, and especially my husband to be: Mike.

Anthonyis overjoyed to be a part of this show. Anthony has been acting and dancing since his freshman year of high school. He has previously worked on projects with the Alliance Theatre, such as Start Down and Slur, as well as internships with the youth at the Alliance Theatre. He was most recently seen in Holler If Ya Hear Me featuring the music of Tupac Shakur, directed by Kenny Leon.

Anthony Campbell
Anthony Campbell
Hatter

Anthonyis overjoyed to be a part of this show. Anthony has been acting and dancing since his freshman year of high school. He has previously worked on projects with the Alliance Theatre, such as Start Down and Slur, as well as internships with the youth at the Alliance Theatre. He was most recently seen in Holler If Ya Hear Me featuring the music of Tupac Shakur, directed by Kenny Leon.

Joseph is pleased to be making his Alliance debut. He studied at Kennesaw State University. Past credits include Hunchback of Notre Dame, In the Heights, Camelot, Mary Poppins, Lyle the Crocodile, Barnum, and Moby Dick.

Joseph Pendergrast
Joseph Pendergrast
Cheshire

Joseph is pleased to be making his Alliance debut. He studied at Kennesaw State University. Past credits include Hunchback of Notre Dame, In the Heights, Camelot, Mary Poppins, Lyle the Crocodile, Barnum, and Moby Dick.

Michelle is excited to be back with the Alliance. Recent credits: Sense and Sensibility (Synchronicity Theatre); James and the Giant Peach, On the Verge (Georgia Ensemble); Slur, Play the Play with Cat the Cat (Alliance Theatre); Girls Life, Water by the Spoonful (Pinch 'N' Ouch); The Joy Luck Club (7 Stages); A Thousand Cranes, Señora Tortuga (Lexington Children's Theatre). B.F.A. Acting from Columbus State University. Represented by Houghton Talent. She is grateful to be working with Neeley, Rosemary, and her fantastic cast and crew. Much love to her family, friends, and Matthew.

Michelle Pokopac
Michelle Pokopac
Caty

Michelle is excited to be back with the Alliance. Recent credits: Sense and Sensibility (Synchronicity Theatre); James and the Giant Peach, On the Verge (Georgia Ensemble); Slur, Play the Play with Cat the Cat (Alliance Theatre); Girls Life, Water by the Spoonful (Pinch 'N' Ouch); The Joy Luck Club (7 Stages); A Thousand Cranes, Señora Tortuga (Lexington Children's Theatre). B.F.A. Acting from Columbus State University. Represented by Houghton Talent. She is grateful to be working with Neeley, Rosemary, and her fantastic cast and crew. Much love to her family, friends, and Matthew.

Creative

Seamus is an Atlanta-based scenic designer. Selected Atlanta credits: Actor’s Express - Spring Awakening (Suzi Bass nomination), Next Fall, Wolves (World Premiere); Aurora Theatre - Singin’ in the Rain (Suzi Bass nomination); Georgia Ensemble Theatre – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, One Slight Hitch; Theatre in the Square - The 39 Steps. Selected regional credits: The Drowsy Chaperone, Gypsy, Avenue Q, Hello Dolly! (LOOK Musical Theatre – Tulsa, OK), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Little Theatre on the Square – Sullivan, IL) and The Liar (Henley Street Theatre – Richmond, VA). As a ‘day job’ Seamus teaches design & stage management at Berry College.

Seamus M. Bourne
Seamus M. Bourne
Set designer

Seamus is an Atlanta-based scenic designer. Selected Atlanta credits: Actor’s Express - Spring Awakening (Suzi Bass nomination), Next Fall, Wolves (World Premiere); Aurora Theatre - Singin’ in the Rain (Suzi Bass nomination); Georgia Ensemble Theatre – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, One Slight Hitch; Theatre in the Square - The 39 Steps. Selected regional credits: The Drowsy Chaperone, Gypsy, Avenue Q, Hello Dolly! (LOOK Musical Theatre – Tulsa, OK), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Little Theatre on the Square – Sullivan, IL) and The Liar (Henley Street Theatre – Richmond, VA). As a ‘day job’ Seamus teaches design & stage management at Berry College.

Anthony is overjoyed to be a part of this show. Anthony has been acting and dancing since his freshman year of high school. He has previously worked on projects with the Alliance Theatre, such as Start Down and Slur, as well as internships with the youth at the Alliance Theatre. He was most recently seen in Holler If Ya Hear Me featuring the music of Tupac Shakur, directed by Kenny Leon.

Anthony Campbell
Anthony Campbell
Assistant Stage Manager

Anthony is overjoyed to be a part of this show. Anthony has been acting and dancing since his freshman year of high school. He has previously worked on projects with the Alliance Theatre, such as Start Down and Slur, as well as internships with the youth at the Alliance Theatre. He was most recently seen in Holler If Ya Hear Me featuring the music of Tupac Shakur, directed by Kenny Leon.

Jeff most recently designed The Dancing Granny at the Alliance. Before moving to Atlanta, Jeff spent 16 seasons as Portland Center Stage’s resident costume designer, working on more than 75 productions (50 of those in PCS’ first eight seasons at the Armory). Favorite PCS productions include West Side Story, Cabaret, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Imaginary Invalid, Black Pearl Sings!, Venus in Fur and Clybourne Park. Jeff received Drammy awards in Portland for his costume designs for Dirty Blonde, Act a Lady and Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline.

Jeff Cone
Jeff Cone
Costume designer

Jeff most recently designed The Dancing Granny at the Alliance. Before moving to Atlanta, Jeff spent 16 seasons as Portland Center Stage’s resident costume designer, working on more than 75 productions (50 of those in PCS’ first eight seasons at the Armory). Favorite PCS productions include West Side Story, Cabaret, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Imaginary Invalid, Black Pearl Sings!, Venus in Fur and Clybourne Park. Jeff received Drammy awards in Portland for his costume designs for Dirty Blonde, Act a Lady and Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline.

Steve Coulter
Steve Coulter
Playwright
Neeley Gossett
Neeley Gossett
Playwright

Kara is proud to be a part of the stage management team at the Alliance Theatre. She stage managed last year's Family Series production Slur and was a Stage Management Production Assistant at the Alliance for three seasons; credits include The Prom, Ethel, Disgraced, The Magic Negro..., and Courage, among others. Previously she stage managed the Alliance Teen Ensemble’s Antigone Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine’s. She also assists Alliance Theatre Education with Summer Drama Camp and Family Programming. She trained as a technical improviser at Dad’s Garage, is the Production Manager of Found Stages Theatre, and is a company member of the Weird Sisters Theatre Project. Kara holds a B.F.A. from Catawba College and is a proud member of Actor's Equity. Sincerest thanks and appreciation to Rosemary, Celise and Susan.

Kara Procell
Kara Procell
Stage manager

Kara is proud to be a part of the stage management team at the Alliance Theatre. She stage managed last year's Family Series production Slur and was a Stage Management Production Assistant at the Alliance for three seasons; credits include The Prom, Ethel, Disgraced, The Magic Negro..., and Courage, among others. Previously she stage managed the Alliance Teen Ensemble’s Antigone Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine’s. She also assists Alliance Theatre Education with Summer Drama Camp and Family Programming. She trained as a technical improviser at Dad’s Garage, is the Production Manager of Found Stages Theatre, and is a company member of the Weird Sisters Theatre Project. Kara holds a B.F.A. from Catawba College and is a proud member of Actor's Equity. Sincerest thanks and appreciation to Rosemary, Celise and Susan.

Ed is an Atlanta area musician who loves theater. Recent musical credits include Company (Actor’s Express); The Light in the Piazza (Theatrical Out t); The Last Time We Were Here (Synchronicity Theatre); Courage (Alliance Theatre); and The Grimm Lives of the Inbetweens (Alliance Theatre). Much love to Rosemary!

Ed Thrower
Ed Thrower
Sound designer / composer

Ed is an Atlanta area musician who loves theater. Recent musical credits include Company (Actor’s Express); The Light in the Piazza (Theatrical Out t); The Last Time We Were Here (Synchronicity Theatre); Courage (Alliance Theatre); and The Grimm Lives of the Inbetweens (Alliance Theatre). Much love to Rosemary!

Director

Rosemary Newcott
Rosemary Newcott
Director

Understudy

Heidi is a recent graduate of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and Brenau University where she received her B.A. in Theatre. This is her first show with the Alliance Theatre, and she couldn't be happier to be joining this talented cast and crew for this magical and wonderful experience! Some past credits include: Bandanna Anna in The Adventures of Pecos Bill and Cassandra in The Raven and the Nightingale. Heidi would like to thank her cast and crew, friends, family, dog and of course God for the opportunities He gives! Enjoy the show!

Heidi Rider
Heidi Rider
Female understudy

Heidi is a recent graduate of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and Brenau University where she received her B.A. in Theatre. This is her first show with the Alliance Theatre, and she couldn't be happier to be joining this talented cast and crew for this magical and wonderful experience! Some past credits include: Bandanna Anna in The Adventures of Pecos Bill and Cassandra in The Raven and the Nightingale. Heidi would like to thank her cast and crew, friends, family, dog and of course God for the opportunities He gives! Enjoy the show!

Ryan is beyond excited to work for the Alliance for the first time. He recently finished an Acting Internship with Actor’s Express. Actor’s Express credits include Appropriate, The Crucible and The Legend of Georgia McBride. Ryan recently signed with The People Store, a TV/film agency. B.F.A Acting from The University of Southern Mississippi. He thanks friends and family for their endless support.

Ryan Vo
Ryan Vo
Male understudy

Ryan is beyond excited to work for the Alliance for the first time. He recently finished an Acting Internship with Actor’s Express. Actor’s Express credits include Appropriate, The Crucible and The Legend of Georgia McBride. Ryan recently signed with The People Store, a TV/film agency. B.F.A Acting from The University of Southern Mississippi. He thanks friends and family for their endless support.

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