Curioser & Curiouser

Clara Bentz is the White Rabbit in TheaterWorks’ “Curioser & Curiouser.”

The youth-oriented TheaterWorks is back—though in a manner befiting these curious times.

Opening Thursday, Sept. 10, “Curiouser & Curiouser” is described by the Peoria theater as “an immersive, multi-sensory, intimate theater production where audience members literally walk into and through the world of ‘Alice in Wonderland.’”

Every theater, rehearsal space and hallway in the spacious Peoria Center for the Performing Arts has been transformed into Wonderland. 

“Up to 10 audience members per performance will experience Wonderland as Alice would, flowing through the rooms to discover scenes, encounter inhabitants and immerse themselves in a new way to experience theater through the story of ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” the theater promised.

Shows are 100 minutes, utilizing visual art, music, puppetry, dance, theater and multimedia design.

Multiple performances take place Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 18.

Advance ticket purchases are required.

The theater has been closed for months, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“This pause in normal programming has forced our organization to pivot and innovate. We took this opportunity to try something revolutionary and different,” said TheaterWorks Managing Director Cate Hinkle. “We are offering a new way to experience live theater and still be safe. ‘Curiouser & Curiouser’ also provides a new entry point into theater for people who might not have been drawn to the traditional theater model.”

Tickets to the extraordinary show range from $36-$48. The production takes place at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Drive.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the box office at 623-815-7930 or visit curiousertheater.org.

The theater said it is closely following COVID-19 guidelines: “We are making every effort to create a safe environment for our patrons and our production team. Comprehensive health and cleanliness protocols consistent with government recommendations we have implemented considered to be legally and reasonably safe under current circumstances.”

Masks are required, temperatures will be taken before guests enter and seating will provide for social distancing.