2023-2024 Season

Alice by Heart

The closing production for Spotlight Youth Theatre’s 2023–2024 season will be performed May 17 – June 2 on the Spotlight Youth Theatre main stage. 

Music by Duncan Sheik
Lyrics by Steven Sater
Book by Steven Sater & Jessica Nelson

About This Production

From the Tony® and Grammy® award-winning creators of Spring Awakening, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, and co-written by Jessie Nelson (Waitress), Alice by Heart is a touching musical inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  

In the rubble of the London Blitz of World War II, Alice Spencer’s budding teen life is turned upside down, and she and her dear friend, Alfred, are forced to take shelter in an underground tube station. When the ailing Alfred is quarantined, Alice encourages him to escape with her into their cherished book and journey down the rabbit hole to Wonderland.

As they travel through the tale, Alice by Heart explores the poignancy of first love, coming to terms with loss, and finding the courage to move forward. This musical production encourages us all to celebrate the transformational power of the imagination, even in the harshest of times.


Alice Spencer/AliceJay Schwab
Alfred Hallam/White Rabbit/March HareEeshan Kumar
Red Cross Nurse/Queen of HeartsAlex Dwyer
Dr. Butridge/King of Hearts/Jabberwock/Mock TurtleAndrei Igdanes
Tabatha/Cheshire CatKaterina Anderson
Harold Pudding/Mad Hatter/Knave of Spades/Mock Mock TurtleJoey Garcia
Angus/Caterpillar/Knave of HeartsHope Estle
Dodgy/Duchess/Mock Mock Mock TurtleShane Sedivy
Clarissa/Queen of Diamonds/Mock Mock Mock TurtleSophia Mengel
Nigel/Dormouse/Knave of ClubsMarkus Rosendahl
Ensemble (Mock Turtles/Caterpillars/Jabberwocks/Cards)
Rowan Cross
Addi Lauder
Ava Case

Production Team

Role(s)Team Member(s)
DirectorKenny Grossman
Music DirectorElise Kurbat
ChoreographerFalin Taylor
Costume DesignSam Utpadel
Hair & MakeupAngel DeMichael
Set DesignRob Adams
Assistant DirectorLainey Kenly
Light & Sound DesignJosh Hontz