The production is a delightful combination of elements from "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass," says Lee, artistic director of CDT. It features an original story adaptation and script by Christina Yong, an original music score by Tristan Moore, original costumes and design by Cynthia Turner, Wendy Turner and Nancy Cook — and 300 enthusiastic and graceful dancers who range in age from 8 to 18.
"The story offers some fabulous possibilities for dancing," Lee says. It tells the story of Alice's journey across a chess board, where she encounters "myriad crazy characters," including a deck of cards, the bubbly White Queen, the contradictory Red Queen, talking flowers, a 28-dancer caterpillar, jousters and more. "There's a very dreamlike quality to it," Lee says. "At the end, Alice makes it across the chess board, is crowned queen and is invited to a tea party, where she sees a mirror and steps back into her world."