Anyone who has listened to Stephanie Mills, experienced the thrill of her voice spiraling through one’s veins, as she hit those high notes effortlessly; what a thrill!
Queen Latifah hit fame singing about issues impacting black women, using the genre of hip hop.
Both Mills and Latifah rose to fame, trying to get to “the other side” of life.
It was in 1865, when ALICE IN WONDERLAND was published; a few years later, “Through the Looking Glass”. After 150 years, we are still watching the impact and interpretations of these tales on our lives.
For the African American community, the WIZ movie eclipsed the Judy Garland vocal presentation of THE WIZARD of OZ.
Now here we are at Baltimore Center Stage, where both Alice and Glass are combined in a musical, LOOKINGGLASS ALICE.
This is a fable, from which the term, “fabulous” can truly be the end product. Alice wants to be a Queen, to find out what life is like “on the other side”; like “breathing under water”, not easy. We’ve heard it, “it takes a thousand years to make a lady”. A queen has many more responsibilities than a regular person.
The game of chess is incorporated in this play to symbolize the degree of difficulty that must be mastered, to rise to the top. This Alice is black, just as Dorothy was in the WIZ. The producers decided the only way Alice can become a Queen, is through hip hop, she becomes Queen Latifah.
So to play Alice, this person has to sing, dance, rap, and make it easy. MARKITA PRESCOTT, gushes with competence, she took me to the past, and brought me to the present. The incorporation of local talent should make you proud: JESSICA BENNETT, a recent graduate of Garrison Forest, and SENSI SILAB, Baltimore School for the Arts.
The other supporting cast members should get your standing ovation. In the end I hope you feel as I did, and do: MARKITA has skills, showing no fear of heights, as she sang from swings in the rafters, or saying “thank you” with the charm of an appreciative performer.