Through the years, the story of “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” has enticed all ages — first through its 1865 novel by Lewis Carroll and then through various films, television shows and productions.
Now a theatric tour of “Alice in Wonderland” will bring the story of Alice, the rabbit hole and the fantasy world she discovers to life at the Old Anderson County Jail in Palestine starting on Saturday and continuing each weekend in April.
“I grew up loving the 'Alice and Wonderland' story, just like many people have. People of all ages can relate to it. It's not just for kids — it's for everybody,” event organizer Jeremy Janz said. “For me, it's been an experience to create rooms and environments that people can connect with in the story.”
For the tour, visitors will get to see how the historic jail has been turned in to a “Wonderland” with the Madhatter Tea Party in the lobby area and a rabbit hole to explore with the white rabbit on the higher levels of the old jail.
“Our script doesn't follow the storyline 100 percent, but we tried to incorporate literary references, plus we have the costumes themselves,” Janz said. “We transformed the staircase into a rabbit hole.”
Visitors will get to interact with Alice, the white rabbit, the caterpillar, the cheshire cat, the queen, the Madhatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
“We wanted to do this during Dogwood Trails and be part of one of Palestine's largest events that brings entire families to our community,” Janz said. “We wanted to offer something that compliments the other activities, that gives families another place to come see and possibly keep them in the area a little bit longer.”
The Old Anderson County Jail will open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday for the “Alice in Wonderland” theatrical tour. Then in April, the old jail will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.