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Alice At Meredith

On March 15, 1924, to entertain their students, Meredith College faculty presented a play based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Gertrude Royster Sorrell, director of physical education, is credited with the idea; Ida Poteat, art professor, created the whimsical masks and elaborate costumes. The March 21, 1924 edition of the student newspaper reviewed the show: “Decidedly the hit of the season” and “Faculty in curious forms produce many laughs.”

Since 1924, the quadrennial performance of Alice, tailored for its audience of students, has become one of the most beloved Meredith traditions. Once in every College generation, students enjoy the hilarity of this literary fantasy as they struggle to identify the costumed actors. The next show dates are in January 2016.

 

Alice Over the Years

Enjoy the selection of photos from the 1936, 1952 and 1988 Meredith Alice presentations below, along with black & white drawings by John Tenniel (1820-1914), British illustrator, artist, and cartoonist.

1936 Tea Part
1936 Tea Party
Tenniel illustration
Tenniel illus.
1980's Tea Party
1980's Tea Party.
 

 

Tenniel illustration caterpillar
Tenniel illus.
Caterpillar 1936
Caterpillar 1936
 

 

 

Alice 1988
         Alice 1988
Tenniel illustration, streched Alice
Tenniel illus.
Alice illustration
Alice illus.
 
 

 

 

Mad Hatter 1952
Mad Hatter 1952
Tenniel illustration of the Mad Hatter
Tenniel illus.
Mad Hatter from the Meredith College Play 2004
Mad Hatter 2004
 

 

 

Queen of Hearts Tenniel illustration
Tenniel illus.
Queen of Hearts from 1952
Queen of Hearts 1952
 

 

Cheshire Cat 2004
Cheshire Cat 2004
Lobsters from 2004
Lobsters 2004
White Rabbit 2004
White Rabbit 2004
 

 

 


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