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Alice In Wonderland: Alice

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Alice at Meredith

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 Photos





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 Party
1936 Tea Party
John Tenniel illustration of the Mad Hatter tea party
Tenniel illus.
1988 Tea Party
1980's Tea Party.


John Tenniel illustration of the Caterpillar
Tenniel illus.
Caterpillar from the 1936 production
Caterpillar 1936



Alice from the 1988 production
         Alice 1988
John Tenniel illustration of Alice
Tenniel illus.
Color illustration of Alice
Alice illus.



Mad Hatter from the 1952 production
Mad Hatter 1952
John Tenniel illustration of the Mad Hatter
Tenniel illus.
Mad Hatter from the 2004 production
Mad Hatter 2004



John Tenniel illustration of the Queen of Hearts
Tenniel illus.
Queen of Hearts from the 1952 production
Queen of Hearts 1952


Chesire Cat from the 2004 production
Cheshire Cat 2004
Lobsters from the 2004 production
Lobsters 2004
White Rabbit from the 2004 production
White Rabbit 2004





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